Over the past 18 years, Louise Chen has held a variety of positions in different countries and departments, such as Manager for ATEC, Manager Market Development, Integration Manager, Merge & Acquisition, and VP Business Development. Since becoming country manager, she has overseen the 30th anniversary celebrations of Höganäs’ presence in China, as well as the relocation to a new site.
“The content of my work has gradually moved from a technical to a business level,” she says. “As an employee, you just need to do your own thing, whereas as a manager, you need to consider how to effectively manage and inspire your team members and guide them towards collective growth.”
Louise’s career has also seen her change countries, having spent a few years working at Höganäs’ headquarters in Sweden. “It’s a test of internal drive to work across borders, but I like to keep trying new things and have an open mind at work. In the face of constant changes and challenges, I can improve myself quickly. Perseverance is also crucial at work and in life.”
Always having the opportunity to take on a new challenge is what has kept Louise at Höganäs for so long. “Höganäs is extremely accommodating and encourages a culture of feedback. It has a frank and open work atmosphere, coupled with a flat organisational structure, which is highly conducive to employee development and growth.”