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Heidrick & Struggles Appoints New Leaders for Asia Pacific & Middle East

HONG KONG, Jan. 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Heidrick & Struggles (Nasdaq: HSII) today announced new leadership appointments in the Asia Pacific and Middle East region, effective January 1, 2022, as part of its ongoing commitment to professional development and advancement. These include Regional Practice Managing Partners in Asia Pacific and the Middle East for the Global Technology & Services Practice and the CEO & Board of Directors Practice; Country Manager for Australia; and Partner-in-Charge for Singapore.

Commenting on the appointments, Stephen McAlinden, Regional Leader, Asia Pacific & Middle East, Heidrick & Struggles said: “As organizations continue to navigate a course for success and adapt through these uncertain times, our latest leadership appointments draw on our consultants’ deep expertise that will enable us to better support our clients and meet the ever evolving, diverse business needs in the region. The new appointments will also strengthen our own leadership and teams across key geographies for our business. We are committed to the continuous growth of talent within our firm, and we are excited to begin this next chapter with our newly positioned partners at the helm.”

Dan Cullen , based in Singapore, has been appointed as Regional Practice Managing Partner of the Global Technology & Services Practice for Asia Pacific & Middle East. Dan has deep experience in facilitating senior leadership and organizational transformation in areas, such as cloud, cybersecurity, digital, IoT and mobility. In his new role, he will focus on software leadership, as well as private equity and venture capital investments in the digital infrastructure and cloud industries.

Jiat-Hui Wu  has been named Partner-in-Charge of Heidrick & Struggles’ Singapore office. Jiat-Hui has a strong background in leadership consulting and executive search for leading financial institutions in Southeast Asia, particularly for Singapore-headquartered organizations. With her specialist industry knowledge of asset management, banking, insurance and financial technology, Jiat-Hui will lead a strong team, continuing to advise organizations on their leadership requirements.

Guy Farrow , based in Sydney, becomes Regional Practice Managing Partner of the CEO & Board of Directors Practice for Asia Pacific & Middle East, a newly created role. He has contributed to board, CEO and senior executive searches for clients in the industrial sector, focusing on transportation, logistics, infrastructure and energy. Guy also has broad international expertise in operations, sales and marketing, finance and planning and ecommerce.

Graham Kittle, also based in Sydney, takes on the role of Country Manager of Heidrick & Struggles Australia. In this new role, Graham will lead a diverse and talented team to continue strengthening our leading positioning and drive impactful growth of the firm’s full range of capabilities and services. With over 25 years of experience in technology, digital and consulting, Graham will continue to lead executive search engagements in C-suite and board levels across high-tech, digital, consulting services and private equity and venture capital investments in the digital and technology sectors.

Asia Pacific and the Middle East remain one of the most diverse and dynamic regions in the world. As a premier provider of global leadership advisory and on-demand talent solutions, Heidrick & Struggles is continuously innovating and growing its capabilities and talent to help clients find and train top leaders in every major industry sector and function.

About Heidrick & Struggles
Heidrick & Struggles (Nasdaq: HSII) is a premier provider of global leadership advisory and on-demand talent solutions, serving the senior-level talent and consulting needs of the world’s top organizations. In our role as trusted leadership advisors, we partner with our clients to develop future-ready leaders and organizations, bringing together our services and offerings in executive search, diversity and inclusion, leadership assessment and development, organization and team acceleration, culture shaping and on-demand, independent talent solutions. Heidrick & Struggles pioneered the profession of executive search more than 65 years ago. Today, the firm provides integrated talent and human capital solutions to help our clients change the world, one leadership team at a time.®

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CGTN: How is Tonga coping after being battered by a volcanic eruption and ensuing tsunami?

BEIJING, Jan. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — CGTN’s Liu Xin reached out to Tonga’s Legislative Assembly Speaker Lord Fatafehi Fakafanua after volcanic eruptions and tsunami pounded the Pacific Island nation, for an update on the situation. CGTN was among the first Asian media outlets to speak to him. In her live interview, Liu Xin focused on the humanitarian aspect of the crisis and what was needed urgently to mitigate it.

“The shockwave went right through the body

Fakafanua was traveling to New Zealand when the undersea Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano was smoldering. He was in New Zealand when it erupted and so, was able to communicate with the rest of the world.

How is Tonga coping after being battered by a volcanic eruption and ensuing tsunami?

His wife Krystal, who was in Tonga, told him how shockwaves vibrated the entire building where they live. It was a different feeling from an earthquake. The shockwaves went right through the body.

While saddened by the loss of life — three deaths had been confirmed by Jan 23 — Fakafanua told Liu Xin the authorities were relieved that the toll wasn’t higher. He also shared some good news. Hopefully, schools would reopen soon, probably on January 31.

A long road to recovery

However, communication in Tonga was still far from being back to normal. While voice calls and texts were possible, emails were intermittent.

The politician felt the damage to infrastructure and the effects of the volcanic ash and the tsunami would probably be felt for years to come.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization echoed him, saying in a statement on January 21 that the ashfall could have detrimental effects on crops and livestock. Around 86 percent of Tongans are engaged in some form of agriculture – either farming or raising livestock or fishing.

COVID major concern in relief efforts

Fakafanua said the international community had responded swiftly in providing aid. However, “We need water, we need food.”

Anti-COVID-19 efforts will also add to the difficulties in receiving external assistance. Tonga, which has reported just one case of COVID-19 so far, is receiving foreign relief assistance in a contact-less form to ensure there are no new infections. All international humanitarian supplies are being dropped off without the crew coming in contact with the islanders. China rushed cash assistance and emergency supplies on January 20.

The Point with Liu Xin , CGTN’s  flagship Talk show program, is a 30-minute commentary on global news through Liu Xin’s unique perspective. (387 words)

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