Carolyn Chan, ’02, is managing partner for the Chief Human Resource Officer Practice, Asia Pacific, at Heidrick & Struggles. In addition, she is a partner in the Consumer Markets Practice and cochairs the Singapore Chapter of Women Corporate Directors and Diversity Initiatives.
Previously, Carolyn was director of recruitment and training for Wal-Mart’s Global Procurement and Sourcing organization, based in Shenzhen, China. Prior to that, Carolyn was the regional director for business development, strategic partnerships, and alliances with the Center for Creative Leadership’s operations in Asia, based in Singapore. Her career also includes 10 years in executive search with another global organization.
She started her career in sales, product development, and merchandising with Esprit De Corp. and Associated Merchandising Corp. (now Target) in Boston, New York, and Hong Kong.
During her career in Asia, she has worked with many global multinational and local Asian corporations on leadership advisory, program development, executive coaching, talent assessment, and executive search.
Carolyn holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a member of the Chicago Women in Business Alumni Network. She has completed the Center for Creative Leadership’s Coaching Certification and is accredited in several assessment instruments. She currently serves on the General Committee at the American Club in Singapore and the nominating committee for the American Chamber of Commerce.
Carolyn is fluent in English and Cantonese and has a working knowledge of Mandarin.