Being at the top management level at the age of 30

Henry Ford famously said, “You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year.” However, you can, as AU taught me, learn to utilize the strategic planning process to identify critical success factors, and future scenarios in generating robust strategies to deal with challenges, whether in business or personal life. Beyond the classroom, experience has shown me that consistently implementing a strategic planning process, at any stage or level, will yield demonstrable, positive benefits. (Kris Chantanotoke, 2016)

As a young boy from a middle-class family, Bangkok, Thailand, Kris was no different from other kids who have dreams, but he is among those who make their dreams come true. What distinguish him from others are his ‘clear goals,’ ‘strong determination’, and ‘perseverance.’ In his senior year at Assumption University, he once mentioned to his classmates, “My goal is to be at the top management level when I turn 30!”….and yes, he did it!!!  He has worked for several leading financial institutions, both Thai and multinational, including GE Capital. Today, Kris is known to be one of the youngest top echelon executives as a Senior Executive Vice President of Thai Life Insurance.

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