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PEGGY WU Regional director- Asia, Abbvie, Singapore
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