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Colm Rafferty (Vice Chairman at AmCham China Board of Governors)

Colm Rafferty

Vice Chairman at AmCham China Board of Governors

Colm Rafferty serves as Vice Chairman of AmCham China's Board of Governors, and is Vice President, Asia Pacific for Vermeer Corporation and is Chairman of Vermeer China.

Vermeer is a global manufacturer of innovative solutions used to help connect people to the necessities of life, to help manage precious natural resources, and to help feed and fuel the world. Vermeer products are used in a variety of applications from underground utility infrastructure development, to non-blast surface mining, solar field installation, waste material processing, and agricultural mechanization.

Colm started his career in China 18 years ago in the internet space, as Director for Business Development and employee #120 at Alibaba (NYSE: BABA). He also serves as a member of the International Advisory Board for VIPKID, an Internet education company which empowers over 60,000 U.S. teachers to provide high quality ESL instruction to children across China.

Colm is Vice Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

Colm received an MBA from the Yale School of Management, is member of the Yale School of Management Greater China Advisory Board, and the Yale Asia Development Council.

Michael Distefano (President Asia Pacific at Korn Ferry)

Michael Distefano

President Asia Pacific at Korn Ferry

As regional head, Mr. Distefano is responsible for setting the strategy and overseeing operations for the Korn Ferry businesses across Asia Pacific. Between 2007 and 2017, he was Chief Marketing Officer of Korn Ferry and President of the Korn Ferry Institute. Mr. Distefano joined Korn Ferry in 2001.

In 2008, Mr. Distefano helped launch the Firm's think tank, the Korn Ferry Institute, and in 2009 Mr. Distefano launched Korn Ferry Briefings on Talent & Leadership, the Firm’s award winning publication.

During the dot-com years, Mr. Distefano was vice president of acquisition marketing and new channel development at, acquired by Providian Financial Company in 1999 and now part of Before joining GetSmart, Mr. Distefano served as director of marketing at Benefits Consultants, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cendant Corporation. Mr. Distefano began his career at TIAA-CREF in New York.

Mr. Distefano earned a bachelor’s in economics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and was named one of the world’s top 500 CMO’s by Exec Rank (ranked 146 in 2014 and 499 in 2012).

Leo Han (Founder of Relation School)

Leo Han

Founder of Relation School

Leo Han, whose real name is Han Qingfeng, is widely recognized by people as “uncle of relation instruction”.

Leo Han is the founder of Relation School, an independent researcher in the field of relation, and the copyright owner of Intergenerational Leadership. He is also the exclusively signed core lecturer of YXT (Yunxuetang), an enterprise consultant, an experienced enterprise coach and a writer who writes about relations.

He has written books, such as Gentle but Powerful. He has won the Most Creative Chinese People in Business Award of Fast Company in 2015.Leo Han, good at solving organizational problems in a humanized way, used to work as a consultant for senior managers to lay off employees; with an nine-year deep study and research, he has accumulated plenty of practical cases and summarized a series of methods with practical and guiding significance for managing the post-90s employees.

Charise Le (HR Senior VP, Global HR Service & Transformation at Schneider Electric (China))

Charise Le

HR Senior VP, Global HR Service & Transformation at Schneider Electric (China)

Charise Le is appointed as SVP for HR Services & Transformation since April 2015, She is dedicated to bring HR Transformation through enhancement of employee digital experience, increasing efficiency and effectiveness to HR operation and breakthrough in talent acquisition. Before this role, she has been the Human Resources Head of China for Schneider Electric since 2009, Charise LE has delivered impressive results in Translating business strategy and priority into HR action plan based on business understanding, and providing HR professional solutions to business challenges and needs to China Country President. She is also dedicated to build up talent pipeline for leaders and experts to develop company competencies to cope with business requirements.
With more than 20 years’ experience in HR domain, she acquired solid HR expertise and experiences of difference company culture throughout her career life, prior to joining Schneider Electric, she worked in Trane China, GE Plastic, Pillsbury China and Siemens Industrial Automation, Clipsal China.
Charise received Bachelor degree of Engineering and Scientific English from East China University of Science & Technology, she also has acquired Global Remuneration Professional Certification and graduated from CEIBS on her EMBA in 2016.

Michelle Zhang (Head of HR at Pfizer Investment)

Michelle Zhang

Head of HR at Pfizer Investment

Michelle is Head of HR at Pfizer China. Prior joining Pfizer in year 2010, she was working for Shell China Limited and used to take up finance, sales and HR positions with increasing management responsibilities. Michelle has been the HR lead for many country level business transformation programs, and also represented China to participate APAC/global level’s change projects. As a well rounded HR, Michelle demonstrates deep expertise in M&A, OD, HR operations and business partner areas. She graduated from South China University of Technology and obtained both B.S and B.A degree of Chemical Engineering and International Trade. She also studied in Peking University for the EMBA program for 18 months

Annie Wang (VP, Human Resources at Bayer Pharmaceuticals (China))

Annie Wang

VP, Human Resources at Bayer Pharmaceuticals (China)

Annie Wang has been the HRVP, Bayer Pharmaceuticals Division in China since 2012. She is a seasoned HR practitioner in different industries. Over the past 20+ years, Annie had held different HR management positions with multinational companies, such as DHL, Nortel Networks, Edelman, and Schneider Electric. Her study and work experience in China as well as in Canada has enabled her to appreciate different cultural environment and adopt the appropriate approach to tackle the cross-cultural issues.

Charles Shao (Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry)

Charles Shao

Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry

Mr. Shao is Senior Client Partner with Korn Ferry based in Beijing Office and leads Industrial Market advisory business in Asia Pacific, helping multinational and local companies to drive and sustain superior business performance through talent and organizational interventions.

Mr. Shao brings near 20 years global experience in both corporate and consulting to clients and the Firm. He used to be the Global Head of Leadership Development and Learning & Development at Caterpillar Inc, a US Fortune 100 industrial company. Prior to that, he was Practice Leader at Hewitt Associates, advising clients from various industries, such as: industrial, real estate, pharmaceutical, financials, Hi-Tech and etc.

Mr. Shao focuses on helping Chinese companies going global and multinational companies to succeed in China through leadership assessment and development, talent management, succession management, org design, HR transformation, executive coaching, M&A and etc.

Mr. Shao holds Master of Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, the Netherlands and Bachelor of Economics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He is accredited for several leadership assessment instruments and trained for executive coaching.

Brice Péan (Managing Director of Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center)

Brice Péan

Managing Director of Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center

Brice Péan was appointed as managing director of Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center on August 1, 2018. A hotelier with a wealth of experience championing hotel preopenings and managing landmark properties, Péan now leads the culmination of Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center’s expansive renovation and launch of 480 rooms, a new executive lounge and a European all-day dining restaurant. Furthermore, as managing director, he drives business performance and operational excellence in the Lufthansa Center complex which includes an office building, serviced apartments and the Kempinski hotel.

Péan has over 30 years of experience in the luxury hospitality field, including senior management roles within Hilton Hotels in Vienna, Cairo, Adelaide, Fiji and Shanghai.

Prior to joining Hilton Hotels in 1999, Péan held positions in various hotels in London, Dublin and Paris. A native of France, Péan has a bachelor’s degree from Fremdenverkehrskolleg Innsbruck University in Austria.

Simon Webb (Senior Vice President at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide)

Simon Webb

Senior Vice President at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide

Simon is an accomplished strategic communicator, researcher and campaigner with over 15 years’ experience working in Europe, Australia and China. Working out of Ogilvy’s Beijing office, Simon leads all research, strategy and planning and thought leadership work for the company. Simon provides counsel to senior leaders on their external and organizational communications needs.

In China, he provides strategic leadership on key accounts including Jaguar Land Rover, Qantas, KPMG, Johnson & Johnson, Inmarsat, Telstra, Xian Janssen Pharmaceuticals and the Paulson Institute.

Simon has devised and delivered communications campaigns for C-suite leaders across a range of sectors including healthcare, technology and communications, resources and aviation as well as senior politicians and leaders in the not-for-profit sector.

Before joining Ogilvy PR’s Beijing office, Simon was Director of Parker & Partners, Ogilvy PR’s public affairs consultancy in Australia. Simon established Ogilvy Illumination, a strategic communications research practice providing research consultancy services to support Ogilvy PR’s clients.

Simon is a strong believer in evidence-driven communication strategies and his work has informed the strategic direction of a number of blue chip companies, as well as leading players in the government and non-profit sectors

At Parker & Partners, Simon led many national issues and public affairs campaigns in the resources, sustainability, climate change and public health sectors. Simon is an experienced social marketer and has delivered opinion-shifting campaigns for governments on climate change and water, for the Industry Super Funds movement and on political campaigns at state and federal elections in Australia.
Simon has an Honours Degree from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He is an experienced quantitative and qualitative researcher, a Qualified Practicing Market Researcher and a Member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society.

Jenny Ni (Greater China HR Director of The Dow Chemical Company)

Jenny Ni

Greater China HR Director of The Dow Chemical Company

Jenny Ni is the HR Director for Dow China and responsible for the development and execution of strategic HR plans in support of the geographic organization.

Jenny joined Dow in 2006 as Workforce Planning Leader for Asia Pacific and subsequently extended her responsibilities to include India, Middle East and Africa.  Later on she had taken additional role of Diversity & Inclusion Leader for Asia Pacific. Jenny then moved to be Asia Pacific HR Director for various Dow Business Divisions.  In those roles, Jenny had partnered with the business leaders and led HR team to complete the HR integration for the M&A and also provided Strategic HR solutions to support business growth. 
Prior to joining Dow, Jenny was Business HR Director in FMCG company.

Jenny has the broad experience in HR management for 20 more years, specially in the area of strategic Workforce Planning; Organization Change and Development; Talent Attraction and Development, Leadership Development and M&A Management. She also acts as the Interviewer for MBA/EMBA admission and Coach at various business schools. She is the certified facilitator for DDI leadership course and member of CPHR.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and a Post Graduate certificate in HR management from East China Normal University and an EMBA from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).

Laura Wei (Vice President Human Resources at TAL Education Group)

Laura Wei

Vice President Human Resources at TAL Education Group
Melody Xu (Head of HR at HP Inc. Greater China)

Melody Xu

Head of HR at HP Inc. Greater China

Melody serves as the Head of Human Resources for HP Inc. Greater China based in Beijing, China. She leads the Greater China HR Team supporting business growth through various organization and people solutions.

Melody has more than twenty years of full spectrum human resources experience serving a number of the world's fortune 500 enterprises, including Microsoft, Lenovo, Bayer-Schering Pharmaceutical etc. Melody acts as a trusted advisor to business leaders and had solid experience transforming Human Resources functions to be business driven and customer focused. She also has proved track record to design and implement human resources policies and processes to achieve better business results and to build up a healthy organization environment.

Melody holds MBA Degree from Peking University and Bachelor of Economics from Renmin University.

Janet Chen (Head of HR at Microsoft Greater China Region)

Janet Chen

Head of HR at Microsoft Greater China Region

Janet joined Microsoft China in Oct. 2015 as China HR Director and currently holds the position of Head of HR for Microsoft Greater China Region responsible for developing and executing Microsoft GCR overall people strategy including cultural change, organization effectiveness, leadership development, talent management, strategic workforce planning etc.
Before joining Microsoft, Janet had served 15 years with Nestlé China Corporation at different capacity of HR roles covering full spectrum and most recently as GCR HR Director for Nestlé core businesses.
Janet holds BA degree from Nanjing Normal University and Graduate Certificate in Applied Psychology from Peking University. She also received various executive development program at CEIBS and London Business School.

Eric Hirsch (Executive Director of Jones Lang LaSalle)

Eric Hirsch

Executive Director of Jones Lang LaSalle

Eric Hirsch is the head of JLL’s Commercial business in Beijing. He is responsible for developing strategy, business priorities and driving international best practices for the Firm and is a member of the Regional Tenant Representation Board. A true leader in Beijing’s office space market, in 2015, Eric led over 200 Beijing leasing transactions covering over three and a quarter million square feet. Eric has a superb 85 percent repeat business rate and extremely high client satisfaction scores, along with the lowest team staff turnover in Beijing. Eric has been with JLL in Beijing since 2004 and was instrumental in building up the Firm’s local tenant representation team prior to assuming his current role as the head of Markets. Eric is also honored to have contributed to the development of the city of Beijing during the run-up to the Beijing 2008 Olympics, a critical time in the development of Beijing’s skyline, working with companies in such notable projects, including: the World Financial Center, China World Tower, etc.

Xing Huang (Executive HR leader  Healthcare business at GE)

Xing Huang

Executive HR leader Healthcare business at GE

Xing is the Executive HRBP in GE Healthcare, based in Beijing China. She leads the commercial HRBP team across business units in Healthcare China and provides strategic HR leadership for the commercial leadership team.

Xing brings with her more than 15 years’ experience with GE, in different industries, countries and functions. She started her career in Communications with GE Healthcare and moved to HR taking various client support HR roles in R&D, Supply Chain, and Sales. Then Xing was selected to the global Human Resources Leadership Program and successfully completed stretch assignments in C&B, OD and HRBP for overall GE in Middle East/North Africa/Turkey and Greater China. Prior to current role, Xing spent 3 years in GE Aviation as HRD for Greater China.

Xing is a passionate leader in GE’s volunteer networks, focusing on Women’s Network and GLBTA.

Xing received her master’s degree in Comparative Literature and bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language, both from Renmin University.

Lin Gao (CEO of Message Coach)

Lin Gao

CEO of Message Coach

Lin Gao is the writer of one of the best sellers "职得". Lin has more than 20 years of working experience in senior management in fortune 500 companies. Before taking her current position, Lin was Senior Director, Global Government Affairs at Motorola Solutions. She is now focusing on cross-cultural communications and leadership skills coaching.

Lin was the first Chinese female AmCham Vice-Chair. She gives her best in charity work and lives it as part of her driven force. Lin has been using her influence in different industry to draw attention to public services. As a professor at Schwarzman Program, Tsing-Hua University, volunteer speaker at International Junior Achievement Program, TEDx, she has delivered many speeches on career and personal development for young people.

Xuduo Meng (Senior Fellow at Meituan Institute for Legal Policy)

Xuduo Meng

Senior Fellow at Meituan Institute for Legal Policy

Mr.Meng, Doctor of economics, is currently a senior fellow at the Meituan institute for legal policy. He has had six years experiences at the national institute of labor and social security, ministry of human resources and social security. His research interests include Internet economy and employment, labor market and employment, and labor relations. He is the author of six books and has published more than 40 papers about labor relations and employment mode.


Alex Xing (COO at LABOURS)

Alex Xing


Mr. Guang XING holds a Master degree in Imperial College London. He has profound experience and knowledge in strategic and organizational change, building agile organization, and ER management. After joining LABOURS, he applied his project management skills and Chinese labor law insights to many projects of organization development and change in different types of enterprises, such as JD, Hershey, Bayer, Roche, Servier, NEC, Emerson, Lining, etc. Meanwhile, he exert his unique perspective in labor relations management theory and workplace communication to agile organization, revitalizing organizational and individual productivity.


Yingqi Su (Senior Counselor and Former CEO of WeDoctor Group)

Yingqi Su

Senior Counselor and Former CEO of WeDoctor Group

In 2016, Madam Su joined WeDoctor group and served as the CEO of WeDoctor group, responsible for the construction of management system and the management of the Health Financial business division. Before joining WeDoctor Group, Madam Su served as the vice president of Ant Financial Services Group and built the public affairs system of the Group, making great contributions to the ecological environment construction of Ant Financial Services Group.


Wendy Tai (Head of HR Greater China at NBA)

Wendy Tai

Head of HR Greater China at NBA

Wendy has spent 10 years living and working in China. She is a firm believer in ‘Change is constant’, she brings in extensive experience in people process and embraces inclusion in the work place. She is currently the Head of HR for NBA based in Shanghai office and is a member of the Senior Leadership team in NBA China. She supports the League to excel business performance through people and organization development in greater China.

Johnny Yu (Partner at PwC)

Johnny Yu

Partner at PwC

Johnny is an expert in transformation, change management and M&A related consulting service. He has more than 19 years of management consulting experience from both US and China markets.

Johnny is a qualified actuary (ASA, FCA, MAAA). He studied in Beijing University, and holds both bachelor and master degree in Actuarial from University of Connecticut.

Relevant Experience

Helped with the HR transformation of a global Telecom Internet Group. Helped client to carry out new business and build up project-based organizations by building a customer-oriented, business-driven, and digitalized HR organization (3700+ people). Services provided include defining the transformation direction based on diagnosis and benchmarking, designing HR customer system (including HR customer segmentation, portrait, service journey and catalogue), HR strategic capability model and operation model (including organization, personnel, process, data, and technology).

Helped a large household appliances company to promote globalization strategy and explore the innovative operation model.
Recognized as a long-term strategic partner and trusted external consultant, and completed all overseas M&As with client successfully since 2011. Services provided include due diligence, business negotiation support, governance structure, post-deal integration, cultural integration, change management, business synergy and transaction project management, etc.

During the transformation, helped client to conduct many strategic projects, explored the "platform + micro enterprises" organizational transformation, which involving the transformation of the front-desk and back-office functions; Used change management to obtain supports from different stakeholders, reduced resistance to change and promoted the transformation initiatives to achieve goals.

Led a transformation and change management project to help a well known multinational F&B company to improve organization efficiency and effectiveness, so as to better support its 2020 vision.

Led a transformation and post–deal integration project for a leading retailer in China after its entering into a JV agreement with a UK based retailer; Helped the in-house change management team to build up change management platform.

Led the China portion of many global M&A deals, services provided include pre-deal strategy clarification, due diligence, deal negotiation support, post-deal management, employee communication and change management, etc. Managed Chinese companies’ overseas acquisitions in consumer and retail, energy and resources, steels, automotive and parts industries, banking, hi-tech, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

Designed and delivered multiple training courses to multinational and local companies on the topic of M&A and change management.

Charlie Zhai (Vice President at CDP Group)

Charlie Zhai

Vice President at CDP Group

Mr. Zhai has more than 20 years experience in HR service , he has been in charge of the solution of HR service since he joined CDP in 2007. Before joining CDP, he worked with SAP China as HR product manager and initiated SAP HR/Payroll country development for Chinese market in 1997. He was a key member in implementation of PeopleSoft HRMS and SAP HR for the first SAP HR users in China. He was also involved in system upgrade for ADP payroll outsourcing for its US accounts before.

翟先生具有20年以上人力资源服务管理经验, 2007年加入CDP集团负责人力资源服务的解决方案工作。翟先生担任过SAP中国的人力资源产品负责人,负责中国本地版本的薪资产品方案。曾经在90年代在中国本地第一次实施PeopleSoft HRMS和中国第一个SAP HR的客户实施工作, 以及ADP的美国薪资外包系统升级支持等工作

Richard Zhou (Vice President at iKang Healthcare Group)

Richard Zhou

Vice President at iKang Healthcare Group

Richard joined iKang Healthcare Group in 2016, and has held various senior positions in the group since then, including Sales Director in Nanjing, Deputy General Manager in Zhejiang, and Region General Manager in Jiangsu and Shanghai. He has rich experience in sales and management and led an important role in establishing iKang’s sales network in Eastern China.

Undertook Vice President of iKang Healthcare Group in 2018, Zhou oversees key account and industry, and HR management. He holds an EMBA degree from National Taiwan University and Fudan University, and a Bachelor degree in Bioengineering from Wuxi Institute of Light Industry (also known as Jiangnan University).