Human Capital Partners was proud to partner with AmCham Shanghai for their 100th anniversary on October 28 and 29, 2015, at the Ritz Carlton in Shanghai. The milestone was celebrated at a gala dinner for over 500 guests on October 28; followed by a one-day forum on October 29, which featured a range of influent corporate executives, civic leaders, entrepreneurs and economists – all of whom shared their insights into the nature and future of doing business in China.
Reflecting the importance of AmCham Shanghai in promoting Sino-American trade for over a century, the evening gala was attended by top government officials from both the U.S. and China, including: U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus; Vice Mayor of Shanghai Zhou Bo; U.S. Consul General Hanscom Smith; Suzhou Vice Mayor Sheng Lei; Wuxi Vice Mayor Wang Jinjian; and, Yiwu Vice Mayor Xiong Tao.
On the 29th, the full-day AmCham Shanghai 100th Anniversary Forum showcased a number of the most influential voices in Sino-American business and trade, along with dynamic entrepreneurs and key personalities.
The forum kicked-off with a panel discussion featuring the China heads of major American businesses, such as: Andrew Au, CEO of Citi China; John Lawler, Chairman of Ford China; Abinta Malik, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Gap Greater China; Amit Midha, President of Dell Asia Pacific and Japan Region; and Glen Walter, CEO of Coca-Cola Bottling Investments Group China.
This was followed by a panel of young Chinese business leaders, and then by a panel on foreign educated Chinese returning to China – featuring a group of successful business returnees who discussed the challenges and opportunities of retuning to China. The morning session ended with a panel titled Creative Disruption: Innovation and New Business Models in China that looked at the role of innovation in China’s growth and modernization.
The afternoon session began with a discussion of China’s outbound investment, before concluding the forum with a panel on the future of business in China, the economy and the potential impact of future economic reforms.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai has spectacularly evolved over the last century. From an initial 45 members at that time, AmCham Shanghai now has nearly 4,000 members, making it the largest chamber of commerce in the Asia Pacific. Despite these changes, AmCham Shanghai has maintained its commitment to its core mission of promoting its members and supporting commercial ties between China and the United States. Over the last four decades, bilateral trade between the two countries has expanded from USD 4.7 million in 1971 to USD 592 billion in 2014. China is now the United States’ most important trade partner.
HCP China is proud to be associated with AmCham Shanghai and with American Automotive OEM’s, importers, auto financing, auto leasing, auto dealers, private equity firms and tier 1 suppliers.
During the event, HCP China’s founder and Managing Director Asia, Vanessa Moriel, was interviewed about her experience starting a business in Shanghai. She also spoke about how AmCham Shanghai helped her establish herself in the city.
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Human Capital Partners is a retained executive search and talent management consultancy, which specializes in the global automotive sector. We provide CEO and top management placements & succession expertise across multinational automotive suppliers. Our expertise is our in-depth understanding of conventional and unconventional automotive companies with sector expertise including OEM’s, importers, auto financing, auto leasing, auto dealers, private equity firms and tier 1 suppliers.
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