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PEGGY WU Re­gional di­rec­tor- Asia, Ab­b­vie, Sin­ga­pore

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Peggy Wu, Gen­eral Man­ager at Ab­b­Vie Tai­wan was pro­moted to be Re­gional Di­rec­tor, Asia, manag­ing eleven mar­kets in the re­gion a year ago. Based in Sin­ga­pore, Peggy leads com­mer­cial and prod­uct strat­egy, mar­ket­ing and sales in this area. Prior to join­ing Ab­b­Vie, Peggy worked with Ab­bott Tai­wan in 2011 as Gen­eral Man­ager.

Speak­ing about her cur­rent role and when she first started, Peggy Wu says, “As some­one new in a role, my fo­cus is al­ways on how I can pro­vide value and con­trib­ute over dis­rupt­ing what’s work­ing well. So far it’s been good. My take­away since tak­ing on this re­gional role from a sin­gle mar­ket po­si­tion, is to be more pa­tient with my­self as more time is needed with greater com­plex­ity and dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers.”

Peggy opines that for a women to plan her ca­reer, many fac­tors and fam­ily pri­or­i­ties need to be con­sid­ered. “Gen­er­ally men tend to plan their ca­reers, as­sum­ing the fam­ily will go with it while women give more thought and prepa­ra­tion be­cause of the im­pact on their fam­i­lies. I read in an ar­ti­cle how some women find them­selves com­pro­mis­ing on their ca­reer or life choices sim­ply be­cause of the pres­sure to put fam­ily first as ex­pected of them. That’s sad.”

Peggy started her ca­reer with

Eli Lilly Tai­wan, ad­vanc­ing to sev­eral man­age­ment po­si­tions across dif­fer­ent func­tions cov­er­ing sales, mar­ket­ing and HR. Peggy also held var­i­ous lead­er­ship po­si­tions at Eli Lilly in­clud­ing an in­ter­na­tional mar­ket­ing role based in In­di­anapo­lis. Peggy led the com­pany’s op­er­a­tions in Thai­land and Viet­nam as Gen­eral Man­ager be­fore mov­ing to Ab­bott. Peggy says that she did not face much chal­lenges in her ca­reer in an in­dus­try where there are gen­er­ally more men.

“Based on my ex­pe­ri­ence, I haven’t felt ham­pered be­ing a woman in this in­dus­try. As an Asian woman how­ever, the challenge lies in so­ci­etal ex­pec­ta­tions of our role as the fam­ily’s pri­mary care­giver. So if you take the ex­am­ple of an over­seas as­sign­ment in­volv­ing a woman who’s also a wife and mother, con­sid­er­ably more goes into the dis­cus­sions and ar­range­ments, within and out­side the fam­ily.”

Shar­ing her thoughts on gen­der par­ity in the in­dus­try which is im­prov­ing with more women now as­sum­ing se­nior po­si­tions even in sales, Peggy says, “From my ex­pe­ri­ence, there has been equal op­por­tu­ni­ties in the com­pa­nies I work for. The greater pro­por­tion of men in science, I be­lieve, goes back to the choice of study at the ter­tiary level. Nat­u­rally, this spills over to the pro­fes­sions they even­tu­ally choose to spe­cial­ize. This pro­por­tion has also equal­ized over the years, from my ob­ser­va­tion. When I first started, there were more men in sales in this in­dus­try. Now there are more women with the per­cent­age chang­ing in our favour.”

Peggy holds an MBA from

Na­tional Cheng Chi Univer­sity in Tai­wan af­ter earn­ing a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Phar­macy and Nurs­ing from Taipei Med­i­cal Univer­sity. In her ad­vice to bud­ding women achievers, Peggy says, “Be­lieve you can do it and set out to prove it. Fol­low your passion. Know your pri­or­i­ties and de­cide. There is no right or wrong or look­ing back.”

PEGGY WU Re­gional di­rec­tor- Asia,Ab­b­vie, Sin­ga­pore

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