Guests Thoughtful Media Group http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/Weekly-Guests/ Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:07:39 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Tom Eslinger http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/tom-eslinger.html http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/tom-eslinger.html

Tom Eslinger

Digital & Mobile Creative Director/Consultant

 

Tom is a creative director/designer/doer-of-what-needs-creative-doing, working in digital for over twenty years. He created his first interactive idea for his college thesis—a floppy disc animated catalog for Gap—and never looked back. His career has taken him from creating one of the worlds first digital-focused degree programs to design and interactive projects working with some of his creative heroes. Digital world-firsts for global brands, a worldwide creative director position for Saatchi & Saatchi and over 60 Cannes Lions, dozens of international juries and a pile of air points are his last ten years.


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Weekly Guests Wed, 11 Nov 2015 01:45:36 +0000
David Frey http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/david-frey.html http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/david-frey.html

David Frey

Partner, Markets Strategy, KPMG China & National Head of US-China Strategic Corridor

 

David has spent nearly twenty years in industry and consulting roles, leading strategy projects and business transformation programs for clients in China, across Asia Pacific and in the USA. In Asia Pacific, he has worked extensively in China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam.

 

David focuses on assisting multinational companies in developing strategies for establishment and expansion in China. He leads a team in China responsible for developing insights and capabilities that are relevant to “the Boardroom Agenda” for MNCs operating in China. He is an accomplished public speaker, prolific writer and appears frequently in the media on the topic of China’s urbanization, the Sino-American political dynamic, and the emerging opportunities for MNCs to contribute to a sustainable urbanization path in China.

 

Before beginning his consulting career, David worked at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, as an aide to a prominent United States Senator in Washington, and in strategic planning roles with two global telecommunications companies. David holds a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in English literature, where he was named to the Phi Beta Kappa society. He currently lives in China with his wife and three children.


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Weekly Guests Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:06:26 +0000
Sarah Kochling http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/sarah-kochling.html http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/sarah-kochling.html

Sarah Kochling


With over 25 years of experience in China and Asia, including brand management roles at Procter & Gamble China and J&J International, innovation consulting at What If and Dragon Rouge and advising several startups, Sarah Kochling is an experienced consultant who offers her clients an optimal balance of best-practice experience and entrepreneurial savvy.

 

Over the years she has applied her considerable skills across a broad range of consumer and business to business categories for both Fortune 100 firms and local companies. Her innate curiosity, provocative nature and fluent Chinese, mean she is able to serve as a catalyst for inspired brand and business solutions that are as locally relevant and creative as they are commercially impactful and culturally attuned.

 

Sarah is active in her community as a frequent speaker on innovation, as co-Co-founder and Co-Chair of the Women’s Executive Network (WEN) for AmCham Shanghai, as a board advisor and mentor for several SMEs, as a member of the steering committee for TEDxShanghai Women and as a volunteer for ChunHui Children’s Foundation.

 

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College, with a BA in Political Science and Mandarin, Sarah was a Rotary Fellow in Chinese Language and Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and holds advanced language certifications from Harbin Institute of Technology and Beijing Foreign Languages Normal College.


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Weekly Guests Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:04:15 +0000
Han Shen Lin http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/han-shen-lin.html http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/han-shen-lin.html

Han Shen Lin
Senior VP & Deputy General Manager, Wells Fargo, N.A. Shanghai Branch & Global Banking China, International Group Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

 


Han Shen Lin is Deputy General Manager of Wells Fargo, N.A. Shanghai branch and a Senior Relationship Manager of Global Banking China. In his role, Han advises Wells Fargo corporate customers on their U.S.-China cross-border strategic financing and trade needs. The Wells Fargo International Group provides a wide range of international services to small businesses, corporations, financial institutions, multilateral organizations, and individuals. The group serves the needs of its customers through offices across the U.S. and more than 30 overseas locations, including branches in Hong Kong, London, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and the Cayman Islands. Han is based in Shanghai, China and has been here with the bank for eight years.

Han began his banking career with Wells Fargo through the legacy Wachovia bank in 2004 in Charlotte, N.C. where he was involved in a series of strategic initiatives encompassing credit, payments, trade and acquisitions. Prior to that, he worked in GE as a financial analyst with assignments in GE Capital, Transportation and Power. Han previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps with overseas tours in Okinawa and the Philippines, and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer with service in Ukraine.

Han earned his bachelors in business at the University of Michigan. He later pursued a Masters in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a Masters of Science in Global Finance from the New York University Stern Business School/HK University of Science and Technology.

Active in promoting U.S. companies in China, Han is Vice-Chair of the Financial Services Committee, American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai. He lives in Shanghai with his wife and two daughters.


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Weekly Guests Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:03:25 +0000
Bob Theleen http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/bob-theleen.html http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/bob-theleen.html

Robert A. Theleen
Chairman & CEO, ChinaVest (Shanghai), Ltd.


In 1980, along with his wife, Jenny Hsui, Robert started ChinaVest and opened his first office in Beijing where he and Jenny developed some of the earliest relationships for U.S. companies with Chinese Government organizations. In 1981, ChinaVest launched the first venture capital funds to invest in China. Over the past three decades, ChinaVest has invested more than US$500 million in five sequential funds in Greater China. These funds launched, among other things, the first American logistics service company in China, the first offshore drilling platform to discover oil in the South China Sea, the first American petroleum service company in China, the first national internet system in China, the first modern distribution warehouse in the City of Beijing, the first modern American restaurant business in China and many other pioneering investments.

 

Today, ChinaVest is a leading Merchant Bank headquartered in Shanghai. ChinaVest is dedicated to serving the Mergers and Acquisitions requirements of many of America’s leading multinational companies in China. ChinaVest is the investment banking partner of San Francisco’s Wells Fargo Bank where it provides financial and strategic advice in China to many of Wells Fargo’s leading corporate clients.

 

As an American pioneer in China, Bob’s work has a number of unusual accomplishments, which gives him a unique perspective on China’s large and growing economy. Twenty years ago he became one of the first foreign independent board directors of a Chinese state-owned corporation, Beijing Enterprises, the flagship holding company of the infrastructure of the City of Beijing where he serves to this today. He is also the current Chair of the Board of Governors of The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, the largest in Asia.

 

In 2004–07 he served as the only foreign member of a Chinese law-making task force to restructure portions of the Chinese financial services industry under the auspices of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). He is also a member of the Pacific Council of foreign Affairs. He regularly appears as a commentator on Bloomberg TV, the BBC and CNBC. He writes in various international publications on both China’s economy and on the financial services industry. He is a co-author of several books on China, including China’s Greatest Century, a work which describes the achievements of China’s economic and social achievements since the reform movement in the 1970s.

He lives and works in Shanghai with his wife and partner, Jenny. They have one daughter.


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Weekly Guests Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:02:18 +0000
Erwan Rambourg http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/erwan-rambourg.html http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/erwan-rambourg.html

Markting Director & Global Co-Head of Consumer & Retail Global Research, HSBC

 

Erwan is a managing director at HSBC in Hong Kong and the head of consumer and retail equity research. He has been a top-ranked analyst covering the luxury and sporting goods sectors for the bank for the past ten years. He joined HSBC in 2005, after working for eight years as a marketing manager in the luxury industry, notably for Richemont and LVMH.

 

Erwan is regularly featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times and appears on CNBC and Bloomberg. He is the author of The Bling Dynasty - Why the Reign of Chinese Luxury Shoppers Has Only Just Begun, a book published by Wiley in 2014.

 

Erwan earned a Masters degree from Aston University (Birmingham, UK) and graduated from the EDHEC Business School (Lille, France). He grew up in New York and has lived and worked in Paris and London. In 2011, he moved to Hong Kong with his wife and three children.


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Weekly Guests Wed, 16 Sep 2015 01:43:47 +0000
Ben Wilson http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/ben-wilson.html http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/ben-wilson.html

 

Markting Director, Reckitt Benckiser China

 

Ben has led marketing for brands such as Durex, Dettol and Veet in China since 2010, and has helped revamp ways Reckitt Benckiser (RB) engages Chinese consumers in todays digital world.

 

Previously, he was was global marketing manager at RB in the U.K. Prior to that, Ben spent ten years working at Johnson & Johnson in various marketing roles for skincare brands including Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, and RoC and healthcare products including ob, Carefree and KY.

 

He also spent two years in sales looking after the skincare and sun care portfolio for Boots. He graduated from The University of Sheffield and received his BA Hons in business & marketing in 1997.


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Weekly Guests Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:14:00 +0000
Jessica Lee http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/jessica-lee.html http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/jessica-lee.html

Chief Communications & Corporate Affairs Officer, McDonald\'s China

Jessica has had a career utilizing communications, stakeholder management, brand positioning and change management strategies to transform organizations and positively influence the conversations and perceptions about them. Through the years, she has been exposed to complex and large organizations with staff strength ranging from 10,000 to 100,000. In July 2013, Jessica moved to Shanghai from the McDonald’s Asia Pacific region to lead the communications and corporate affairs function for its China division.

Today, she oversees a department which has transitioned from a traditional PR model to one that is focused on content management and brand publishing. Over these two years, she amplified the strategic use of a social media hub which includes publishing, analysis and a social media listening system for early warning signs and crisis management.  In addition, the team has optimized McDonald’s China’s social media platforms to effectively partner its marketing function on initiatives that will drive business results; delivering promotion effectiveness at lower spend. Apart from the communications area, Jessica also heads on government affairs and is the key lead for the company’s issues and crisis situations.

 


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Weekly Guests Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:10:44 +0000
Stephen Drummond http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/stephen-drummond.html http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/stephen-drummond.html

Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer, Y&R China

 

Stephen rejoined Y&R China in 2015, as Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer for China. Before that, he spent about five years at Coca-Cola Co. in various roles including Director, Content & Creative Excellence, Asia-Pacific. Before going to the client side, he had a 25-year agency career with JWT, Lowe, Nitro and Y&R.

 

Coming from a planning background, Stephen has been in Asia since 1995, most of which has been spent in China. At Coca-Cola, Stephen works closely with the companys partner agencies, focusing on creative development on major brand projects for the Pacific Group.


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Weekly Guests Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:09:43 +0000
Dean Sciole http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/dean-sciole.html http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/dean-sciole.html

Dean Sciole

Managing Director, TBWA\\Hakuhodo

 

Dean is the managing director of TBWA\\Hakuhodo and an international board member for the One Club. He is a 23-year Asian veteran, 13 of those years in China. In his career, Dean has held both the title of ECD as well as head of strategic planning.

 

In 2001, he helped China win its first ever international advertising award a One Show Gold Pencil for Unicef. Since then, Dean has been especially dedicated to cultivating creativity in China through worthwhile activities such as Longxi NOVA Competition and the One Club annual China Festival.

 

Dean lives in Beijing, the greatest city in China, pollution be damned.


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Weekly Guests Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:46:16 +0000