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10,000 workers here," says Shereen Tong,
group chief financial officer at VTech, as she
sweeps her hand across a bird's eye view mod-
el of the company's campus in Dongguan that
would not be out of place in Silicon Valley.
"And, here is our InnoTab," she says,
proudly pointing at the global bestselling
electronic learning product for children dis-
played in the company's showroom.
"And this is our most popular phone," she
explains, picking up a demonstration hand-
set from the hundreds displayed on the other
side of the room.
As she continues to introduce the dif-
ferent products that VTech specializes in,
waltzing around the room with the proud
confidence of an athlete, it's clear that this
company, this showroom and this job are
Tong's passions -- it's what she knows best
and where she loves to be.
"VTech is not just a manufacturing com-
pany; we also have sales offices around the
world -- in the U.S., Canada and Europe -- and
we have our own brands. When I first joined,
I realized VTech is an amazing company be-
cause it covers the whole supply chain start-
ing from producing the products to selling
it to the end user," explains Tong. "It's chal-
lenging and that's what attracted me."
Prior to joining VTech and almost imme-
diately after graduating from City University
Hong Kong, Tong started her career in the
accounts departments of Hang Seng Bank. A
short while later, she switched to work with
BNP, the French bank.
In 1992, Tong landed a job at insurance and
investment management giant Prudential,
also in the accounts department where her
love for the profession grew exponentially.
"When I was working in the banks, I used
to find accounting boring because I used to
think it only involved preparing monthly re-
ports," she says. At Prudential, however, Tong
was also preparing investment reports for
each fund, which she found fascinating.
At the same time, she studied part time to
earn her certified public accountant qualifi-
cation in 1994. That was the catalyst in her
career, propelling her from accountant at
Prudential to chief accountant at VTech. "It
"VTech is not just a manufacturing
company; we also have sales
offices around the world -- in the
U.S., Canada and Europe -- and
we have our own brands."
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