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Merlin Swire, Chairman of John Swire & Sons (HK), taking part in the group's International Women's Day Event.
Merlin Swire, Chairman of John Swire & Sons (HK), taking part in the group's International Women's Day Event.

(Left to right) Swire Properties Chief Executive, Guy Bradley, Cathay Pacific CEO, Rupert Hogg, Swire Coca-Cola Managing Director, Pat Healy, HAECO Group Director Finance, Rebecca Sharpe and Swire Pacific Director Trading & Industrial, Derrick Chan exchanged views on gender diversity and inclusion.
(Left to right) Swire Properties Chief Executive, Guy Bradley, Cathay Pacific CEO, Rupert Hogg, Swire Coca-Cola Managing Director, Pat Healy, HAECO Group Director Finance, Rebecca Sharpe and Swire Pacific Director Trading & Industrial, Derrick Chan exchanged views on gender diversity and inclusion, during a panel discussion moderated by Mandy Ng, Swire Pacific General Manager Business Development.


This year's International Women's Day, held on 8th March, took the theme, 'Balance for Better', launching a year-long campaign aimed at building a gender-balanced world. To mark the occasion, the Swire Women's Network hosted their biggest and most successful event to date at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place. Attended by representatives from across the Swire group, the event was a great opportunity for staff to come together to discuss the topic of gender balance and understand how – as a group and individually – we can influence positive change.

On the day, attendees heard from a range of speakers, who talked about what 'Balance for Better' means to them on a personal and professional level. Guest speakers included Jane Morgan, Managing Director of PR agency, Golin, Lindsey McAlister, founder of the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, Kerry Peirse, Cathay Pacific's General Manager IT Infrastructure and Operations and sponsor of the 'Fly with Pride' campaign and Clarence Yang, Chief of Staff and Head of Strategic Partner Programme, BlackRock.

Three talented female leaders – including Candy Cheng, Chairperson of the Gai Wu Rugby Football Club, Theresa Chong, Swire Coca-Cola's HR Director and Carrie Lau, General Manager, Strategic Procurement, for HAECO – then led a panel discussion on what it's like to work in a predominantly male environment. Later, Swire operating company CEOs took to the stage to share their views on creating greater balance in the workplace and how they, as leaders, are focusing on diversity and inclusion. The CEO panel included Guy Bradley, Chief Executive of Swire Properties, Rupert Hogg, CEO of Cathay Pacific, Pat Healy, Managing Director, Swire Coca-Cola, Derrick Chan, Director Trading & Industrial Division and Rebecca Sharpe, Group Director Finance for HAECO.

Delegates were also treated to some memorable entertainment featuring Swire's own home-grown artistic talent, with performances from Cathay Pacific's Elodie Lee and the Cathay Pacific Tai Chi team.

The event has so far received overwhelmingly positive feedback from staff, with the take-home message from the day echoing the theme of International Women's Day 2019 that "Balance drives a better working world."
Learn more about what 'Balance for Better' means to colleagues across the Swire group.

Learn more about what 'Balance for Better' means to colleagues across the Swire group.

Watch the highlights of the International Women's Day event.

Watch the highlights of the International Women's Day event.

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