Steven Lee, General Manager, Abbott Nutrition International
(HKU MBA, Class of 2014)
Always do what’s right for your consumer, then good things will happen,” is Steven Lee’s mantra. As Abbott General Manager in Hong Kong, he is responsible for the strategy and direction of the overall Nutrition organization. He is relentlessly focused on understanding Abbott’s customers, and leads the team through his example of integrity and commitment to openly exchanging ideas across the Region. Steven holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Northumbia University UK, Masters in IFA from Newcastle University UK and MBA from Hong Kong University. He’s a native of England, but career wise is completely energized by the dynamic environment of Asia.
Learn more about Steven’s MBA jorney:
Q: What were you doing before you embarked on your MBA journey?
A: Prior to joining the HKU MBA program I was working for Heinz. I was Business Manager for both Retail and Foodservice segments in Hong Kong.
Q: What was your main motivation is doing an MBA? Why?
A: Career progression and desire to change industry. Personally; having purpose and believing in what you do is key to a successful career.
Transitioning to the Healthcare sector and seeing how your products can change and improve peoples’ lives helped me find my calling and personal purpose.
I made it a mission to get an MBA to live Life. To the Fullest.
Q: What is the single most important lesson you have learned from your MBA experience?
A: Strength in diversity & teamwork. Given the diversity of the MBA cohort, you gain a greater appreciation for other industries, people and cultures.
In the real world we face complex challenges. When a Team aligns and wholeheartedly moves in a single direction, great results can be achieved.
Q: What are you doing now? Did your MBA help in the transition and change?
A: I am now with Abbott Laboratories; serving as the General Manager for the Nutrition Division and also the Acting Management Representative for all Abbott Divisions in Hong Kong.
Unequivocally I can say that HKU MBA helped me on achieving this position.
Broadening my understanding in areas such as Corporate Finance, Strategic Marketing and Global Economy gave me a wider skillset with which to manage large organizations.
Q: If there is one thing you would change about your MBA experience, what would it be?
A: I “doubled-up” and took 2 topics during some 5 week module. Looking back, I should have taken even more time to collaborate and work with my MBA peers.
Maybe I should have enjoyed the MBA experience even more!!