| Levi Strauss Asia Pacific
Chief counsel, Asia Middle East and Africa
A highly respected and well known senior in-house lawyer within the region as well as one of the most experienced, Lijim Lau’s extremely successful in-house legal career began in 1996 when he was made primary legal counsel for Asia Pacific at Warner Brothers in Hong Kong. Practicing here for three-and-a-half years, he then moved to Applied Materials in California between 2000 and 2010 and Shanghai between 2010 and 2014, eventually being responsible for the company’s worldwide commercial contracts including approximately US$10bn annual sales. His career with Levi Strauss & Co. in Singapore, beginning in 2014, has met with similar success and provides the basis for Lau’s nomination.