Deborah Im is on a tight schedule. In addition to new motherhood duties — she gave birth to twins, Elijah and Arya, in May — she’s also the Deputy Head of Legal, Asia Pacific, at Facebook, where she leads a team of lawyers from across the region, in legal and regulatory matters.
Named one of its 40 Under 40 lawyers by The Asian Legal Business in 2017, the multi-hyphenate also serves on the SMU School of Law and Technology Advisory Council and the Board of Directors at the Singapore Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Im’s road to success has been anything but smooth, however. In 2009, she was laid off during The Great Financial Crisis. Seizing this dent in her step as an opportunity, Im moved to Tokyo, planning to stay only for just a year. She ended up falling in love with Asia; she moved to Hong Kong after that and is now based in Singapore.
Im, who was born in San Francisco but has spent nearly 10 years in Asia, muses: “Looking back, what seemed to be scary and unknown turned out to be an amazing and life-changing blessing and opportunity.”