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Catherine Yu has a strong track record of delivering strategic and significant commercial results. Her experience and expertise in finance, tax, treasury and business transformation makes her a natural contender for an award but it is her sheer leadership talent and unswerving professionalism that edges her beyond the competition. A deserved winner for 2018!
Regional Controller APAC, Herbalife Nutrition
Catherine Yu is a fine example of a senior finance professional, with experience in Asia Pacific and China, and a strong track record of delivering strategic and significant commercial results.
She has more than 25 years’ China and APAC experience in direct investments, and the pharmaceutical and supplements sectors within both Hong Kong and US listed companies. Catherine is an expert in finance, tax, treasury and business transformation. She is a natural leader of large finance organisations and a strong business partner for internal and external stakeholders.
Catherine’s phenomenal career trajectory has led to her current role as Regional Controller APAC for Herbalife Nutrition. Here, she manages the professional controllership team in APAC, providing the services of accounting operations, cash management and treasury, taxation, internal controls and processes, statutory company reporting and business project management.
In the early years of her career, Catherine trained at PwC as an auditor. She progressed through various finance leadership roles in major multinational corporations. These roles include: Asia Pacific Regional Controller and Head of Treasury APAC for BT Group’s British Telecom Global Services; and Associate Director, Compliance and Process Improvement, Asia Pacific, for Merck & Co.
Throughout, Catherine has maintained academic study and is today a Chartered Accountant, holding FCCA and HKICPA qualifications. She obtained her MBA from Manchester Business School at the UK’s University of Manchester. She also holds qualifications from the HKCPA Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a BA (Hons) in Accountancy from City University of Hong Kong.
In addition to the more traditional qualifications expected of such a seasoned financial professional, Catherine also possesses certification for Balanced Scorecard Trainer, Six-Sigma Green Belt Training, and Stewardship Trainer (gained at Merck). She also has IFRS Certification, Certificate of Completion of National Studies Course for Professionals from the Chinese Academy of Governance, and an Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme from the Said Business School at the University of Oxford.
On her professional pathway, Catherine has taken up membership of the CFO Forum of Global Accounting Association ACCA. She has also been Honorary Treasurer and Vice Chairlady of Manchester Business School Alumni Association, and within her community in Hong Kong, she is a member of the think tank of the DaShun Foundation. She is also a dedicated community volunteer worker.
In a demonstration of Catherine’s commitment to being part of the wider corporate finance community, and sharing her voice and expertise within that universe, Catherine has regularly spoken at key industry events, including being a panellist at the Finance Transformation and CFO Summit in 2015, the ACCA CFO Summit Hong Kong in 2014, the second Anti-Corruption Compliance Asia Pacific Summit 2014 in Hong Kong, the FP&A Innovation Summit in 2012, and the SSON Week Asia 2012 in Singapore. Giving back to her alma mater, Catherine also acted as MC for the Manchester Business School MBA Graduation Dinner in 2011 and in 2015.
Catherine’s exceptional professional prowess has seen her interviewed and featured in ‘Women in leadership positions’ for AB Magazine, in ‘CFO Innovation’, in HSBC’s Guide to Cash, Supply Chain and Treasury 2011, and in a CFO Interview for The Economist Intelligence Unit.
Catherine’s commitment to giving back has also included taking part in the mentorship programme of ACCA. This programme invites selected members to nurture a targeted ACCA student who is in the process of taking their ACCA examinations. From 2014 to 2017, Catherine directly mentored four students who have now all gone on to progress well in their professional fields.