Karen Hong Executive Profile
Continental Aerospace Technologies
Hometown: Canton, but I consider Mobile as my hometown now
Education: Master of Economics, University of Detroit Mercy and MBA, University of Michigan
First job: As a 13-year-old, the local newspaper published my article, and I received my first paycheck for a total of $13.00.
Previous experience: Hong’s career included a cost analyst and global platform controller at Chrysler, a global controller with Milacron Holdings Corp and global CFO & VP at Continental just to name a few. She most previously served as global CFO & EVP for Joyson Safety System Holding Company prior to becoming Global CEO/President for Continental.
Who/what inspires you: My parents
Professional accomplishments: Looking back at my career, I am proud to of initiated and led a business turnaround that transformed and improved the companies’ profitability, cash, and overall business performance.
Hidden talent: Floral design/flower arrangement
What word would you use to describe yourself? Humble
Secret to success: Personal: “Can Do” Attitude in a humble way. Company: “Right People, Right Seat” and T.E.A.M (Transparency, Efficiency, Accountability, and Moral) culture
Favorite food/restaurant: Seafood at our local restaurants
Do you believe in luck or destiny? Luck is a really interesting aspect. I believe I am a lucky person since I have many great people around me, and a lot of good things happen to me because I am an optimist who counts on what I have.
A lot of situations are destined, and I can use my knowledge and experience to choose how to respond to situations.
I chose luck, not the luck that chose me. Since all my responses are not destiny. Luck is an incident, what I choose is my choice, and when I choose it that decides my future destiny.
What is one of your long-term professional goal? Pivot my career and build a solid foundation step by step so that I can be a valuable asset no matter where I work and what role I engage.
What is one of the most useful things you own? Self-discipline
What is your favorite season of the year and why? I like all 4 seasons. If I must pick one, then it would be Winter because we have more holidays, and cold weather brings people together, we yearn for warmth, love, and connection. It is also a good time to review the year and plan for the next year.
Aside from necessities, what one thing you could not go a day without? Cellphone
What is your passion? Growing Continental and bringing more benefits to team members
What could you talk about all day long? (other than your kids and family) Improvement
The last book you read:“Give and Take” by Dr. Chester Karrass
Your greatest indulgence: Shopping
What talent would you most like to have? Dancing
What are two of your favorite names? Brian and Tiffany (my two children’s names)
What quality you most like in people? Be responsible
Best thing about your job: Results
Modern-Day Hero: Gymnast Larisa Semyonovna Latynina (18 Olympic medals winner)
Brief company description: Continental Aerospace Technologies Holding Limited, better known as Continental, is a vertically integrated manufacturer of piston aircraft engines with more than 115 years of continuous operation. Based in Mobile, Continental engages in the design, development, and production of general aviation aircraft piston engines and spare parts in the United States, Europe, and internationally and is recognized as a world leader in the development of aviation products.
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