Job title: Vice President Finance, Asia and Greater China
Sector/business area – Retail, wholesales and sourcing
Brief description of organisation – A Fortune 500 company and listed in NYSE. A global leader in design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in four categories: apparel, home, accessories and fragrances.
“ACCA members and trainees are the driving force supporting our organisation to achieve its strategies,” says Vic Tan, vice president finance Asia and Greater China at Ralph Lauren. “Two areas especially worth mentioning are the setting up of our Asia finance shared service centre, and providing the horsepower behind the rigorous financial modelling required to support our aggressive real estate strategy.”
Tan personally endorses ACCA for its quality education, industry relevance, and competitiveness within the professional accountancy arena and actively demonstrates his confidence in the qualification: “I have recruited quite a large population of ACCA members and trainees in my organisation throughout the Asia region.”
Professional qualifications, ambition, positive attitude - his recruitment criteria are demanding, but perhaps not surprising for a global organisation like Ralph Lauren. But some factors are less prescriptive. Tan explains his approach: “For senior roles within my organisation, I look for finance professionals who have the ‘X’ factor. This would imply a full alignment in terms of personality, brand appropriateness and relevant industry experience. Last but not least, is probably the most important criteria – integrity.”
Tan is also proud to have recently attained ACCA Approved Employer status for Ralph Lauren Asia Pacific Ltd – something he feels benefits all his ACCA members and trainees a great deal in terms of CPD and recognition.
And it sounds as if Tan will be positive about ACCA for some time to come: “Since 1989 my association with ACCA has been a fruitful and rewarding experience. The excellent efforts which ACCA focuses on the constant renewal of the syllabus to industry standard and relevance, the active engagement with international accountancy bodies and councils, and the ever-increasing ACCA brand equity are highly commendable and respected.”