NUS Business School graduate Mr Howie Lau (BBA 1993) was an Olympic torchbearer and ran in the Thailand segment of the Olympic torch relay as part of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games in China. He was given this honor for his outstanding performance and contributions to Lenovo – the largest Personal Computer producer in China.
Months later, Mr Lau received the Eminent Business Alumni Award for his outstanding contributions in the info-communications industry, as well as his tireless contributions to his alma mater.
“I feel a sense of pride and am thankful to the School for giving me this honor,” says Mr Lau, who is currently the Executive Director for Commercial Business for Lenovo in ASEAN and Korea.
Mr Lau was previously General Manager for Lenovo Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines, and led the Singapore team’s successful post-acquisition transition from IBM Personal Computer Division to Lenovo. Prior to Lenovo, Mr Lau was the Country Manager for Public Sector and Country Manager for e-Business for IBM. He has also served as General Manager for Ariba Singapore/Malaysia.
On how he climbed the ladder of success so quickly, Mr Lau shares three tips: “Build a strong personal brand. Be focused on delivering good results. And keep in touch with your network.”
Apart from his commitment to his work and family, Mr Lau also contributed to the info-comm industry by serving as an Executive Council Member of Singapore Computer Society. He had previously served on CommerceNet, Singapore Multimedia Forum and the SCCCI IT Advisory Council.
To share his business knowledge, Mr Lau participated as a judge for Startup@Singapore, Entrepreneur of the Year Award and NTU Business Plan competitions.
In addition, Mr Lau also served one term on the Board of NUS Business School Alumni Association. Despite having stepped down, he still continues to be a supportive alumnus in events and initiatives undertaken by the School and the Association.
Being actively involved with the Bizad Club and Bizad Society during his BBA days, Mr Lau consistently attributes his success to what he learnt during his three years in NUS.
“I’m thankful that a good foundation was laid through the skills and knowledge acquired while in school,” says Mr Lau. “Especially people skills.”