Joanna Patterson

Joanna Patterson

Joanna started in FCM in 2016 and leads the Account Management teams in Asia.

Joanna has been with FCM for three years and is the Director of Account Management for Asia, leading teams across FCM Asia’s four equity markets in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and mainland China. As a veteran within the travel industry, Joanna has held senior leadership roles throughout her career and is skilled in strategic business planning, negotiation and leadership.

The successes she has seen is a result of her deep passion for the travel industry and we asked her:

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU SHARE WITH A FEMALE WHO IS ENTERING THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY FOR THE FIRST TIME?

Going into the travel industry, you will either get the bug or you won’t. This industry is not about money, it’s about passion. If you are passionate about the travel industry, you will love going to work every day, you will have fun, you will meet amazing people and you will enjoy a fantastic travel career that could take you around the world.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT CHAMPIONING THIS CAUSE?

I don’t want women to think that they cannot achieve leadership positions because they are not men. I understand that women often have to juggle both family and work lives, however they need to believe more in themselves: it’s about finding the right opportunities at the right time and taking their own chances.

WHO IS YOUR FEMALE INSPIRATION?

My grandmother. She never complained despite having multiple sclerosis from a young age. She was always positive and a no-nonsense person, always telling me that it’s ok for a woman to be bossy as that meant she was leading. And I loved that about her.

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