Asian American Business Roundtable
January 8, 2020, New York, USA
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AABR 2020 Panel 3: Leadership Evolution: Engaging and Elevating Asian American Talent
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Karen Fang
Managing Director, Global Head of Sustainable Finance at Bank of America
Anne Lim O'Brien
Vice Chairman, Global CEO & Board Practice and Global Consumer Practice at Heidrick & Struggles
Sharda Cherwoo
Partner, Intelligent Automation Leader at EY
Kim Lee
Chief Financial Officer at Global Atlantic Financial Group
James Kalani Lee
Global Chief Operating Officer, SAP Ariba and Fieldglass at SAP

Karen Fang is on the global trading management team for Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities division and a member of the BofA ESG Committee. Formerly, Karen was the head of Americas FICC Sales and the head of Cross Asset Solutions & Strategies. She serves as a member of the firm’s Asian Leadership Council, the chair of the New Product Committee, and co-chair of the D&I Council.Prior to joining BofA, Karen was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs where she ran the Pension, Endowment and Foundation Cross Asset Solutions Group.Karen was named one of Fortune’s “40 under 40”, and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2015. Karen was recognized as a member of the BofA team that won American Banker’s “Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance” team award in 2017.Karen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo.

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Anne Lim O’Brien is the Vice Chairman in Heidrick & Struggles’ New York office and a member of the global Consumer Markets and CEO & Board of Directors practices. She specializes in serving consumer clients particularly at the CEO and board levels within Fortune 500 companies as well as those financially sponsored by leading private equity firms.With more than 20 years of executive search experience, Anne has partnered with clients globally to solve their strategic talent needs, bringing a deep understanding of the challenges facing consumer organizations, especially in the consumer products and retail industries. Anne started her consulting career in Singapore as an associate with Price Waterhouse focusing on Southeast Asia clients.Throughout her career, Anne has maintained a special interest in CEO succession and next generation leaders – especially in diversity talent, which includes women as well as internationally experienced executives based both in developed and developing countries.Anne has been recognized by Businessweek as one of the world’s most influential headhunters, and has served as a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.Anne holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University.

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Sharda is a strategic, global thinker with the proven ability to ask insightful questions that spark new ways of thinking and innovating. She has created a legacy at EY of creating enterprise value through building and starting-up successful businesses; successfully leading complex digital transformations; providing practical advice on existing, emerging and disruptive technologies, to reimagine the future.Sharda has had a 37-year career at EY, serving many senior leadership roles, as a CEO and a C-Suite advisor from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. Sharda has spearheaded EY’s focus in implementing Intelligent Automation. As CEO of EY’s Global Shared Services, Sharda was an early pioneer and architect of EY’s offshoring strategy, which currently has 25,000 professionals in five countries.Sharda received the 2018 Stevie® Most Innovative Woman of the Year award; 2017 Best in Biz award for Innovator of the Year; 2017 Stevie® for Innovation of the Year. In 2019, Sharda received the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business award. In 1991, Sharda was the first woman immigrant of Indian origin to make US partner in any of the “US Big 8” firms at the time.

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Kim Lee is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Global Atlantic and a member of the Management Committee. Kim joined Global Atlantic as a founding member. As CFO, he is responsible for oversight of the firm’s Accounting, Actuarial, Financial Planning & Analysis, and Tax departments.Prior to his current position, Kim was a Managing Director in the Goldman Sachs Reinsurance Group, the predecessor to Global Atlantic. Kim was named CFO of Global Atlantic upon its separation from Goldman Sachs in April 2013. Kim graduated from Brown University summa cum laude and phi beta kappa with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Mathematics-Economics.

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James Lee is currently Chief Operating Officer for SAP Ariba and Fieldglass, the global leader in procurement solution across all spend categories. The Ariba network is the world’s largest B2B marketplace, powering commerce between millions of buyers and sellers and managing trillions of dollars in annual spend. As Chief Operating Officer, James has operational oversight across the end to end business, including portfolio strategy and investment, business planning, product GTM, sales excellence, commercial model, data analytics, and talent development & learning.Previously he was Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Sales for SAP Greater China, where he drove 13 consecutive quarters of revenue growth in the region. Since joining SAP in 2008, James has worked across product, operations, and sales in North America, EMEA and Asia. He also launched SAP’s private equity business in Asia Pacific and Japan.Prior to SAP, James worked in consulting at Hewlett Packard and McKinsey & Company.James holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, and Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.He is a recipient of the 2019 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award.

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Topic: Business
As organizations prepare for the generational transition of leadership and power, it is necessary to not only create better leadership development resources, but to ensure equity in access to the “ladders” leading to C-suite positions. This panel of distinguished Asian American leaders will talk about strategies to ensure inclusion of Asian American talent in the leadership pipeline and what, if any, cultural nuances should be taken into consideration for the Asian American business community. They will propose practical solutions that can be implemented to make corporate leadership more representative of employees, customers and marketplaces.

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