Faces of Lubricants – Pia Yuwawanich
Mar 21, 2018
Pia Yuwawanich is a passionate, polyglot mother of two with a wanderlust spirit that keeps her constantly eager to learn about new cultures. For more than four years Pia has worked as the ASEAN/Oceania business development manager for Ingevity’s industrial specialties businesses, offering nearly 20 years of technical sales experience and priceless expertise about the Southeast Asia market. Covering a territory that includes eight countries, eight local languages and a six-hour time difference, Pia is known for her flexibility and tireless work ethic. Prior to joining Ingevity, she worked for DuPont Chemical, Dow Chemical Company and Momentive. She currently resides in her hometown of Bangkok, Thailand, where she raises her two daughters.
What’s one of your favorite memories from a Lubricants project? The metalworking fluid seminar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was the first training in my region with 35 participants from the Lubricants team. Shana provided the group with a company overview and product introduction and we spent time with customers and discussing the opportunities to use our products to solve their problems.
What are you most excited about for the future of the Lubricants team? I am most excited to work with an innovative, passionate, engaged and successful team with such a high caliber of colleagues. I look forward to utilizing the experience I have in technology to help streamline the product implementation process.
What gets you out of bed in the morning? Besides my two daughters and morning routine, I am motivated to meet whatever challenges the day has for me. I genuinely enjoy my work and am excited about learning more to become better in all aspects of my career.
Describe your typical day as a sales rep for ASEAN/Oceanic region. Every day is something new but it typically involves calling on new prospects and offering support to our current customers to ensure our products are successful. I strongly value face-to-face interaction and tend to travel a good bit to visit distributors and potential customers.
What’s a hobby you’d like to begin? Since most of the work I do daily is science-related, I’d like to get more involved with the arts. Dancing and painting are the two hobbies that come to mind for artistic expression.
Where would you like to live? It’d be a dream to live in an old Thai wooden house by the Chaopraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. Somewhere close to nature but not far from the big city.
What does success mean to you? Success is feeling happy after an accomplishment and adding value to family, friends and my company.
What/who inspires you to be better? Travel is my source of inspiration. Meeting new people and experiencing different culture always leaves me feeling inspired and motivated to be the best version of myself.
Among your friends or family, what are you famous for? My friends and family can always count on me for a comfortable shoulder to lean on.
What would be the most amazing adventure to go on? My last adventure was in 2015 when I took my daughters to Tokyo for the first time. We explored the city by train and spent quality time together in a small cottage in the countryside. We can’t wait to go back!
What is your life motto? Do my best so that I can’t blame myself for anything.