Encouragement, empowerment and support to try your best and work hard is what you can expect if you show up at a meeting with Minna Rouru, Area HR Director, Asia Pacific, KONE, as Priya Sunil finds out.

Q What’s the typical start of the day like for you?

I wake up at 5:42am. This gives me just enough time to make it for either the 6am bootcamp class at Meyer Park or have a relaxing run at East Coast Park. Following my exercise, I enjoy a slow breakfast, check my messages, the news headlines and finally, kiss my lovely kids before they go to school.

At around 8.30am, I will book a Gojek to work and check my emails along the way. Typically, I reach office at 9am. To get myself ready for the day, I always have a big cup of coffee and a bottle of warm water.

Q What’s on your office desk?

I am a big fan of Scandinavian simple minimalistic design both at home and work. Less is truly more when it comes to my office desk. I want my desk to be clean, plain and calm. I love how my desk can be adjusted to any height. And I enjoy standing up and working as it helps me to keep my energy levels high all day.
Michelle Obama's life is a beautiful example filled with meaning and accomplishment as she serves people more than herself.

Q At work, what’s on the agenda, and how do you manage your time?

Multiple Skype/ team calls with business leaders and HR folks about the various people matters around the Asia Pacific region. I try to have fewer face-to-face meetings and short but inspirational discussions with my manager.

Q What can people expect when they receive a meeting invite from you?

Encouragement, empowerment and support to try your best and work hard.

Q Who is your role model in or outside of work, and why?

Michelle Obama. Her life is a beautiful example filled with meaning and accomplishment as she serves people more than herself. Having grown up in a poor family, Michelle Obama studied and worked hard, yet remaining true to herself and her family after all these years. She comes across as a down-to-earth, honest, warm, intelligent, sporty and fun woman. A true role model for me in and outside of work.

Q It’s the end of the long work day - what’s your favourite way to end it?

I do travel a lot, so when at home I enjoy lying next to my kids and talking about everyday things until they fall asleep.

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To all our CHRO friends across Asia: We’d love for a sneak peek at what motivates you, your favourite lunch menu, how you manage your time – anything that completes your day. If you’re keen to share, do reach out to Priya Sunil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..