Meet Our Team

Doreen Jaeger-Soong Chairman & Managing Director

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(852) 2866-8385
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Born and educated in Hong Kong, Doreen majored in Psychology at Occidental College in California.  She joined Hughes-Castell in 1991 and is Managing Director of the company.  Since 2011, after a management buy-out, she is also the owner and company Chairman.

Doreen leads the Asia Business Development function and manages and mentors the teams in all four Hughes-Castell offices.

Doreen recruits at General Counsel and Partner level, and among her most recent placements have been the Asia Pacific General Counsel of a bulge bracket bank, the Asia General Counsel for a wealth management firm, the ASEAN General Counsel for a global conglomerate, the General Counsel of a Hong Kong listed company, a Partner for the China office of a Magic Circle firm, a Banking Partner for a major international law firm and the Chief Counsel Asia for a private equity firm. 

She is fluent in English, Cantonese, German and French and proficient in Mandarin.

EA Licence No: 53720

Linda Wong Non-Executive Director

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(852) 2520-1168
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Linda covers Asia Pacific in a strategic consulting capacity for Hughes-Castell. She started her career in UK private practice with 2 renowned law firms before joining Unilever in-house legal group in 1992. She moved to Singapore in 1997 and held various regional roles including APAC & EMEA.  In 2012, she joined Kimberly Clark as the Chief Counsel APAC. With over 25 years’ law practising experience, including compliance, Linda has an in-depth knowledge of the APAC legal market and excellent connections throughout the legal industry.

Linda speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa Melayu.

EA Licence No: 53720

Sam Kenworthy Associate Director - Head of Private Practice

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(852) 2520-1344
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Sam graduated from the University of Kent in 1998 with LLB Hons. and was awarded a prize for outstanding contribution to Kent Law School. After completing the Legal Practice Course in 2000, he joined London law firm Lawrence Graham where he worked in the real estate department. Three years later he moved into legal journalism with publisher Legalease, writing for The Legal 500 and Legal Business Magazine, where he held various editorships and became a correspondent for the Asia Pacific region. In 2007 Sam relocated to Hong Kong to join a bespoke legal recruitment consultancy operating at the senior end of the private practice market across Hong Kong, China and South East Asia.

In 2012 he joined Hughes-Castell as Head of Private Practice where he oversees comprehensive coverage of the market, personally focusing on mid- to senior-level hires both in Hong Kong and in Singapore.

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Sally Xie Associate Director

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(852) 2866-7484
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Sally studied at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, where she attained her BA in Economics with Psychology.  Prior to joining Hughes-Castell in 2009, she specialised in legal recruitment in the Greater China region with an international search firm.

Sally focuses on in-house mandates in China and Hong Kong where she has developed a strong track record of placing Senior Legal Counsel, Corporate Counsel, Compliance Counsel and Associates at Fortune 500 MNCs plus international law firms in China.

She is a PRC national who speaks native Cantonese, fluent Mandarin and English, and intermediate Japanese.

EA Licence No: 53720

Kelvin Pho Senior Consultant

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(852) 2520-1184
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Kelvin focuses on mid to senior level in-house mandates across Asia based  in Hughes-Castell Hong Kong office as a Senior Consultant. He started recruitment in 2014 with many successes in placing candidates at banks, hedge funds corporations, law firms and financial institutions.  Prior to joining Hughes Castell, Kelvin worked at the largest Executive search firm in Asia.

Kelvin has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and a Masters of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. He speaks fluent English and Mandarin.

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Kelly Zhang Consultant

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(852) 2554-3882
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Kelly gained a first-class honours degree in Management and Business at the University of Hull and later obtained a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the University of Warwick. She has been living and working in Hong Kong since 2010, specialising in legal recruitment from the start at a regional legal recruitment firm focusing on Hong Kong placements.

Since joining Hughes-Castell, Kelly specializes in recruiting in-house legal professionals at mid and senior levels in China and Hong Kong.

She speaks native Mandarin, fluent English and conversational Cantonese.

EA Licence No: 53720

 

Connie Hui Senior Consultant

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(852) 2520-1168
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Connie grew up and obtained her BSc and LLB in Canada where she qualified as a lawyer in British Columbia prior to moving to Hong Kong in 1999 where she gained an LLM from the University of Hong Kong. Since joining Hughes-Castell in 2005, she has successfully placed candidates at top banks and MNCs, as well as top tier law firms. Having worked in both in-house and private practice firms in Hong Kong she has gained the insight and credibility to support both in-house and private practice recruitment assignments.

Connie speaks fluent English and Cantonese.

EA Licence No: 53720

Yiyi Zhou Consultant

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(65) 6220 9302
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Yiyi is a Consultant in our Singapore office, specializing in legal and compliance recruitment. She has a strong track record of placing various levels of professionals into well-established multinational corporations and also business start-ups. Within Hughes-Castell, she focuses on the ASEAN region.

Originally from China,  under a scholarship programme, YiYi obtained her Bachelor's degree in E-Commerce from the National University of Singapore in 2013.She is fluent in English and Mandarin.

EA Licence No: 16S8104  |  EAP Registration No: R1657430

Branda Lai Associate Consultant

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(65) 6220-1812
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Branda is an Associate Consultant in our Singapore office who focuses on in-house legal recruitment. Branda was born and brought up in Hong Kong. She is a qualified lawyer and was in private practice in Singapore for 5 years. 

She graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with LLB (Honours) where she was actively involved as  the Chief Editor of the University’s  legal newsletter “The Advocate”.  Branda is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

EA Licence No: 16S8104  |  EAP Registration No: R1660226

Vicky Liu Senior Consultant

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(86) 10 6582-0178
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Vicky focuses on placing associates and legal counsel into international law firms and multinational companies in mainland China. Vicky’s recruitment experience commenced in 2007, prior to joining Hughes-Castell in Beijing, where she had a strong track record with an international executive search firm placing lawyers at different levels for both private practice firms and in-house companies in China.

Vicky holds a Masters degree in School Counseling and a Bachelor of Education from Beijing Normal University and is fluent in Mandarin and English.

Scott Deng Associate Consultant

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(86) 10 6581-0177
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Scott is a Associate Consultant in our Beijing office, focusing on recruitment at junior and middle levels for international law firms and multinational companies in mainland China. He joined Hughes-Castell with over 4 years’ recruiting experience gained in an international executive search firm in Beijing.

Scott holds a Master of Science in Management from the University of Leeds and a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Bedfordshire. He is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Carol Yuan Associate Director

Phone:
(86) 21 2206-1208
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Originally from Shanghai, Carol has over 10 years’ consulting experience. In 2012, she joined Hughes Castell focusing on in-house legal and compliance recruitment in China. She works with General Counsel, Heads of Legal and Regional Counsel within various MNCs and major Fortune 500 corporations. Carol brings with her a successful track record of mid-to-senior level placements in China that enable her to introduce the best candidates in the market to her clients and to provide outstanding professional support to her candidates throughout their careers.

Carol is fluent in English and Mandarin. She prides herself on finding the best “fit” for both candidates and client.

Benjamin Wang Associate Director

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(86) 21 2206-1205
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Benjamin works on both in-house and private practice roles in Hughes-Castell Shanghai office as an Associate Director.  Prior to joining Hughes-Castell, Benjamin worked for a well-known multi-cultural property development organization in Shanghai.  He obtained his Bachelor degree of Law from East China University of Politics Science and Law.

Benjamin is a native of Shanghai and is fluent in Mandarin and English.

Bob Kou Consultant

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(86) 21 2206 1201
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Bob is a Consultant in our Shanghai office with 3 years’ prior experience in Legal and Compliance recruitment at an international recruitment firm. He focuses on recruiting in-house counsel and compliance positions.

Bob obtained his Master's Degree in Management from Brunel University in London and speaks fluent Mandarin and English.

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