Karen Wong Chayavirabood

Abbott: Regional Director, Public Affairs

Karen Wong Chayavirabood heads up the public affairs function for Abbott in Asia Pacific. She leads a team of communications practitioners who are responsible for driving and shaping Abbott’s reputation with key stakeholders in the region. Her team is passionate about fostering a work culture where employees know how their work contributes to the Abbott’s purpose of bringing innovative life-changing health technologies that help people live more fully at all stages of life. 

Karen has 25 years of corporate public affairs experience which includes brand and customer marketing communications, public advocacy, crisis and issues management. She’s also held global change management and customer training roles and has worked in an international Public Affairs agency.

She earned her degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, majoring in Psychology & Public Affairs. She is dedicated to helping young executives, particularly women, to discover their strengths and develop their full potential.  She is based in Singapore and married with two teenagers.