Vivian Kwok is Arrow Electronics’ vice president of human resources, Asia-Pacific region. Since she joined Arrow in 2012, Kwok has successfully established a talent-focused human resources strategy, and enhanced HR capabilities and practices for Arrow’s Asia-Pacific components business. And her efforts have been rewarded. Arrow was named one of the “Best Companies to Work For” in Hong Kong and Singapore in 2015, and the Hong Kong Council of Social Services has awarded Arrow the Caring Company logo for five consecutive years in recognition of the company’s commitment to caring for the community, its employees, and the environment.
But what Kwok loves most about her job has nothing to do with awards. “What I love most about my job is the constant stream of new opportunities I have to connect, collaborate and help others to excel and bring out their best performance and potential,” she states.
Kwok holds a diploma in marketing from Chartered Institute of Marketing in the United Kingdom and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Otago in New Zealand. She also completed the Accredited Coach Training Program in Organizational Coaching given by the IECL (Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership). In fact, she calls it her greatest professional accomplishment to date.
“Diversity and inclusion create a thriving, innovative and harmonious work atmosphere where everyone can excel,” says Kwok. “Diversity and inclusion are an ongoing learning journey, and the more we integrate these elements into our talent development strategy and company culture, the more we are able to bring out the best in our people.”
She advises women who are moving up the career pipeline to: “First, pat yourself on the back and appreciate how far you’ve come, no matter where you are now. Get your voice out there. Seek advice from mentors. Plan your next career step. And acquire the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your goals.” She also shares her personal philosophy: “Stay positive! Positive. Positive. Positive.”