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The buzz and culture of warmth of the travel and hospitality industry continue to fascinate Darrell Tan FCCA, Business Analyst (Southeast Asia) of the Grand Hyatt Singapore.

When he was a child, he wanted to become an airline pilot. However, he developed a love for numbers and accounting in his secondary school days, and things changed along the way.

His childhood passion for taking to the skies remains strong with him, as he often gets to travel for work with his current position where he gets to experience the world’s different cultures, customs, cuisines and people.

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He shares how the ACCA Qualification continues to bring him all over the globe, doing what he loves most.

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Mention the organisation name ‘Nike’ and all sorts of images of sports, famous athletes and dashing sport apparel come to mind.  It is certainly one of the most desired employers to work for.


We recently met up with Leong Wee Pheng FCCA, Senior Finance Director at Nike Southeast Asia, to find out what it’s like to work in such an organisation.

As the Senior Finance Director, she also sees herself as a coach whose primary responsibility is to motivate her team to perform to the best of their ability for the benefit of the whole organisation.

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The hospitality industry continues to provide the many who have chosen to make it their career with much satisfaction and rewards.

It takes a lot, both in front and behind the scenes, to turn a hotel into a successful one.

One of these ‘behind the scenes’ functions that keeps a hotel up and running is the finance department.

James Lee

Recently, we spoke to James Lee FCCA, Director (Financial Services) of luxury and lifestyle hotel, The South Beach, to get a feel of what it’s like to be part of a huge establishment.

James has two decades of experience in key financial and managerial roles in renowned hotels in Singapore and overseas that include the Regent Hotel Singapore, The Fullerton Singapore and the JW Marriott Chongqing.

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Over the past two weeks, we saw how the ACCA Qualification helped some of our members to climb the corporate ladders in the banking and finance, and technology industries.

Apart from bringing them places, the ACCA Qualification has also enabled some of them to embark on new challenges in their careers.

Simon Hove

Embracing challenges is something that Simon Hove FCCA, CFO (Vaccines), Asia Pacific & Japan at Sanofi Pasteur is particularly passionate about, having moved from fast moving consumer goods to the biotech industry.

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