Im­prov­ing lives in mo­ments that mat­ter

MYRA ESKES Pres­i­dent & CEO, GE Health­care South­east Asia, Sin­ga­pore

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Myra Eskes is Pres­i­dent & CEO at GE Health­care South­east Asia. She is a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive with over 20 years of global and lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence in the med­i­cal de­vices and life sciences in­dus­try. She has ex­per­tise in build­ing high per­form­ing sales and ser­vice teams to de­liver in­no­va­tive and cost-ef­fec­tive health­care solutions in emerg­ing mar­kets. Prior to her cur­rent role, Myra led the GEHC Life Sciences busi­ness for the Eastern & African Growth mar­kets, cov­er­ing Turkey, the Mid­dle East, Africa and Rus­sia/CIS coun­tries.

Myra con­sid­ers the health­care en­trepreneurs in emerg­ing mar­kets as her role mod­els, as their drive, courage, risk-ap­petite and fo­cus to make an im­pact on their com­mu­ni­ties is a real source of in­spi­ra­tion for her. She noted, “When I started in the med­i­cal de­vices in­dus­try with GE in the US, I thought my ca­reer was go­ing to be in sup­ply chain, driv­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and lean man­u­fac­tur­ing. Fif­teen years later, I found my­self lead­ing the GE Life Sciences busi­ness in Turkey, the Mid­dle East and Rus­sia, work­ing with pharma start-ups, sell­ing bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal fac­to­ries. Things are very dif­fer­ent again today as I lead the GE Health­care busi­ness in South­east Asia.”

A com­mon thread in her ca­reer at GE, which has spanned across con­ti­nents and di­vi­sions, is the op­por­tu­nity she has had to be piv­otal in “Im­prov­ing Lives in Mo­ments That Mat­ter”. It is also what she says makes her job mean­ing­ful, and gives her the con­fi­dence and mo­ti­va­tion in over­com­ing chal­lenges. Through the GE teams in Sus­tain­able Health­care Solutions, Myra’s busi­ness fo­cus is on de­vel­op­ing dis­rup­tive, low-cost tech­nolo­gies and health­care de­liv­ery solutions rel­e­vant to mul­ti­ple care set­tings and non-tra­di­tional users in the emerg­ing mar­kets.

With a lot of clar­ity and fo­cus to­wards her pro­fes­sional goals, Myra has al­ways be­lieved in GE’s equal­ity-at­work ap­proach. While discussing the chal­lenges of nav­i­gat­ing gen­der norms as a woman leader, she says proudly, “I can say I have never paid much at­ten­tion to how male-dom­i­nated my en­vi­ron­ment is, nor have I seen it as a spe­cial challenge. I have had the ad­van­tage that I have al­ways worked for a com­pany – GE – where equal op­por­tu­nity and mer­i­toc­racy are not just talk, but ac­tu­ally put in prac­tice. If you are ca­pa­ble and up for the challenge of the job, you can go do it.”

Also, as a woman leader her­self, she is cognizant of the po­ten­tial of nur­tur­ing and men­tor­ing women to po­si­tions where they can help shape the future of global health, and this is an­other of her fo­cus ar­eas in the or­ga­ni­za­tion. How­ever, she ad­mits that women do have some self-im­posed pres­sures,

“First, women are less likely than men to raise their hand for a job with­out be­ing asked to ap­ply. Or to ask for a raise for that mat­ter! Sec­ond, when women have chil­dren there can be a slow­down in ca­reer progress, be­cause it may tem­po­rar­ily im­pact how they de­cide on a next ca­reer step.”

Talk­ing about her present chal­lenges, Myra Eskes plans to lever­age th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties for her per­sonal growth and learn­ing. She be­lieves that over­com­ing th­ese im­ped­i­ments will make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to “change the face of global health for the future, we need to help rec­og­nize, de­velop and grow women lead­er­ship”.

MYRA ESKES

Pres­i­dent & CEO, GE Health­care South­east Asia,

Sin­ga­pore

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