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2016 Women to Watch: Hui Yun Boo

Posted On: Dec. 7, 2016 12:00 AM CST

Hui Yun Boo
Managing director, Ironshore Asia-Pacific
Ironshore Inc.
Singapore
Age: 49

Hui Yun Boo sets high standards for herself.

As Singapore-based managing director of Ironshore Asia-Pacific, a unit of Ironshore Inc., she said she is constantly trying to improve. “I have a passion to learn and to be better at what I do,” she said.

“One thing I bring to everything that I do is that I always do my very best and will always try to improve, and my bosses always tell me that I’m very hard on myself as a person,” she said. “I have very strong expectations of myself, and maybe that pushes me to do the best I can in whatever I do.”

The Malaysian-born Ms. Boo, who assumed her current position in March 2015, said that while she has been helped in her career by bosses who “were very generous in sharing,” another reason for her success has been her willingness to observe and learn.

“I always tell my team members, whether you work for a strong leader” or one who is not strong, “you can learn what is good behavior, and you can learn what not to do.” Ms. Boo said that while she pushes herself hard, she collaborates well.

“I consider my major achievement is the lives of the people I’ve touched, ex-colleagues whom I have helped, with whom I have shared my knowledge to help them grow, to help them in their careers,” she said. A group of these now have senior positions in their firms. “Every success is a team effort,” she added. “It’s never one person.”

She also takes pride in her three children. “That to me is a personal success,” she said, of her sons, 20 and 18, and daughter, 15.

“She’s amazing,” said Shirine KhouryHaq, now London-based director of operations for Lloyd’s of London, who worked with her when Ms. Boo was chief financial officer of Asia-Pacific for Catlin Singapore Pte. Ltd.

“She is competent, she is astute, she thinks strategically,” and “she’s a moral and ethical person, so she is someone you can always trust,” said Ms. Khoury-Haq.

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