For this month’s employee profile – and our first team member interview of 2021 – we head to Hong Kong to find out more about Ronald Leung, our Vice President of Supply, APAC. Ronald has been with Cint for three years, and he works to support both new and existing partners in more than 15 countries around the region.
What’s a typical ‘day in the life’ in your role?
My day typically starts by putting together a to-do list and prioritizing the tasks. I am often engaged in many meetings throughout the day talking to new suppliers who are interested in joining our global supply network, and existing partners to grow and optimize their panels. I also check in often with my team across multiple locations. In the evening, I enjoy catching up with my counterparts in EMEA and Americas over video conference to end my day.
What are you passionate about when it comes to your job?
I am always passionate! Not only about technology, but the seamless integration of technology, business, and people to make our future a better place. This is exactly what I do at Cint.
What do you like to eat while working?
Any type of chips. I will give an honorable mention to the Doritos ‘Roulette’ edition. Normal nacho cheese flavored chips are mixed with some insanely spicy ones. Randomly eating one of those keeps me VERY awake while working. =)
Who inspires you?
Steve Jobs at Apple. My passion in computing and technology all started when I took my first computing class on an Apple computer when I was 11 years old. My favorite quote: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – And I love what I am doing now.
What’s your favorite thing(s) to do when you aren’t working (hobbies)?
I play many sports from basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, swimming, cycling, to skiing. I love watching movies and immersing myself into a completely different world in the cinema is the best way to carry my stress away. Not to mention LEGOs! My latest project is the Batman 1989 Batmobile.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
If I could pick anywhere, I would probably choose Mykonos – the Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Crystal clear water, beautiful Cycladic architecture, friendly people, blue sky and sunshine over the windmills, and a cup of coffee: it makes a perfect day.
How different was your life one year ago?
I am sure everyone’s life was very different one year ago. I used to travel a lot, meeting with our partners in the region. On average, I was away from home for at least 1 to 2 weeks every month. With the COVID-19 situation, I have been working from home for several months already.
What skill would you like to master?
Too many things. Snowboarding is at the top of my list, but it looks like it might take a while. We don’t get snow here where I reside, unfortunately.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
I have been to many countries but always come back to Japan when I think about the most interesting place. It has a long history with deep culture and yet it is also a technologically advanced country. People, there are very creative and innovative. There is always something new and interesting to see every time. PS: It’s a shame that I still cannot figure out how the Japanese electronic toilet works.
What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep (and why)?
80 hours. I was an engineering student in university and the curriculum was very intense. It was an exam period with back-to-back examinations on four consecutive days. I felt like I was spacewalking on the last day and spent double the time to rest afterward.
What is something you will NEVER do again?
I will never go to the top of Whistler Blackcomb skiing mountain in a very foggy and snowy late afternoon, just before the mountain was closing as it was getting dark for the “last” run. I thought I was going to fall over the cliff at any moment and it wasn’t a pleasant experience.
What is/are your favorite thing(s) about working for Cint?
It is fascinating to interact with people from different cultures, backgrounds, and with different talents. The Cint family comes from every corner of the world. Everyone is very friendly, and their diversity really opens my eyes.
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