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ness as well," says Stevenson. "I do want to
try and win."
Right time, right place
When Marina Wong first joined Coopers
& Lybrand in 1968, she was one of the few
female auditors in the company. Her then
boss Sanford Yung encouraged her to move
departments and expand her skills even fur-
ther. "He asked me whether I was interested
in joining another department: corporate
ser vices and accounting. So I was able to do
a bit of tax, secretarial, accounting and also
liquidation work there," recalls Wong, an
Institute member and an independent non-
executive director of Kerry Properties and
Hong Kong Ferry Holdings.
Wong's career at PwC spanned more
than 30 years before she retired as partner in
2004. During her time at the firm, she volun-
teered to help spearhead the development of
the firm's business in China, just as the Main-
land was opening to the outside world.
"To be able to witness the development
of the firm, especially in China, and also the
development of China, I consider myself re-
ally lucky," she says. "My timing was just
She helped set up the firm's first office
in Guangzhou in 1979, followed by offices
in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen in the
1980s. And she was there to grapple with the
effects of the Tiananmen Square crackdown
in 1989. "I had to convince my partners, es-
pecially those overseas, that China was still
a great market for the firm. It cast a lot of
doubt," she remembers.
Retiring at the age of 55, she found that
slowing down was not for her. "I guess I'm
still energetic. I think it's important to keep
yourself to date with what's going on in the
society, in the world and also the business
sector," she said.
Like many of her retired peers, Wong is
applying her expertise and experience to
help companies as a director. As well as her
engagements at Kerry Properties and Hong
Kong Ferry, she was a director and consul-
tant of Tricor Services, a business consul-
tancy, from 2004 to 2006. In 2010, she took
up another independent non-executive di-
rector position at China World Trade Center
Company, based in Beijing.
"If there is anything I can help with and
contribute, I certainly would like to."
As chairman and self-professed "chief
talker" of Wan Corporate Services, a brand-
building and distribution business of con-
sumer products in the Asia Pacific, Vincent
Wan considers himself semi-retired. "I don't
do any real work but I still keep busy. If there
are strategic things for me to take on, then
I'll do it," he says.
"To be able to witness the development of
the firm, especially in China, and also the
development of China, I consider myself
really lucky. My timing was just perfect."
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