Catherine Kwong leads Spencer Stuart’s Human Resources Practice in Asia Pacific and is a member of the firm’s global Consumer Practice with a focus on CEO, C-level, country management and functional leader searches across Greater China and Asia. She also works on global searches with Spencer Stuart’s teams in the U.S. and Europe. In her 20 years of executive search experience, Catherine has completed more than 500 searches for the world’s leading brands in consumer goods and services, fashion and beauty, luxury and lifestyle retail, specialty and mass retail, sports, quick service restaurants, hospitality, leisure and gaming. She also brings deep industry insights to recruiting assignments for functional leadership roles in human resources, sales and marketing, digital and e-commerce, retail operations and buying, business development, merchandising and product development, and sourcing and supply chain.

Extensive luxury, retail, hospitality, CEO and CHRO search experience

  • Catherine possesses a strong track record in China and Asia of building effective partnerships with multinationals, family and privately owned companies, and private equity-backed business. She offers strategic advice to headquarters and regional management teams on organizational development, talent management, succession planning, executive assessment and employer branding. In particular, Catherine partners with CEOs and CHROs to create a strategic talent development agenda.
  • Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Catherine was a senior member in the consumer and retail practice of another leading global executive search firm, where she focused on C-level searches in fast-moving consumer goods, branded goods, luxury retail, merchandising and sourcing across China and Asia.
  • Catherine began her career in advertising and communications. She spent a decade in senior account management positions with leading advertising agencies such as J. Walter Thompson, Saatchi & Saatchi and Ogilvy & Mather, managing accounts for industry leaders such Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Colgate Palmolive and Nike.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

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