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Staying the course

Sim Koon Lam stuck to his own convictions and bought out his bosses when they did not share his plans for growth.

When life gives you a chance to guide your own fortunes, take it and never veer from your goal, says Mr Sim.

IN 2007, Sim Koon Lam found himself at a crossroads. After 15 years at the Singapore subsidiary of Dutch offshore contractor Vrijhof Ankers Beheer, he felt that the parent company did not share his view on how to continue growing what was then a marketing unit. He could have acceded and put...