Bernard is Agilent’s Managing Counsel for the Asia Pacific Region and global lead counsel for Agilent’s Order Fulfillment & Supply Chain. He reports to Agilent’s Senior Vice President and Corporate General Counsel located in Santa Clara, California. He manages a team of 28 located across the Asia Pacific region, comprising lawyers, contracts professionals and para-legals.
Before joining Agilent, he was at Computer Sciences Corporation as their Legal and Compliance Director for the Asia region from 2010 to 2014. He reported to the CSC Corporate General Counsel and managed a team of 11 lawyers and para-legals located throughout the Asia region. Besides supervising the legal affairs for CSC in Asia, he also lead negotiations for critical and high value IT outsourcing deals. In his capacity as Compliance Officer, he developed and implemented various compliance processes and conducted internal corporate investigations.
Previous to CSC, Bernard was in IBM since 1998. He was Regional Counsel, IBM ASEAN and concurrently, Trust & Compliance Director for the IBM Greater China Group. As Regional Counsel for the IBM ASEAN region, he managed a team of 28 lawyers and contract negotiators located throughout South East Asia. As Trust & Compliance Officer for IBM Greater China, he was part of the Greater China senior leadership team and lead business ethics programs for GCG and addressed internal compliance issues. He also held senior posts in the IBM Asia Pacific Law department taking up responsibility over business units that included the IBM M&A practice, IBM Business Transformation Services and IBM Global Financing. In that role, he provided counsel to the IBM lawyers in the Asia Pacific region and acted as the Asia Pacific Legal contact point, coordinator, facilitator and higher HQ approver in relation to the subject business units. Previous to that, he was IBM country counsel for Singapore and Thailand. Bernard was also the Asia Pacific Legal Counsel for Lotus Software, before it was acquired by IBM and fully integrated into IBM’s business operations.
Before becoming in-house counsel, Bernard practised law in Singapore with the law firm of Shook Lin & Bok, focusing mainly on banking and general commercial work. Bernard is admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Singapore Supreme Court and is called to the Solicitors’ Roll of England and Wales. He graduated with LL.B (Hons) 2nd Class Honours Upper from the National University of Singapore and was the Editor of the Singapore Law Review.