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  • Mr. Simon Chung - Chief Operating Officer, ChinaSoft International

    Winner of - CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    University of Wollongong Alumnus
    Beijing Based

    Simon is an alumnus of the University of Wollongong (UOW) having graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Mathematics. He is currently the Global Chief Operating Officer of the ChinaSoft International which is primarily engaged in IT solutions, IT outsourcing and IT consulting services.

    Beijing based ChinaSoft International is a stock exchange listed company that employs approximately 13,000 people in 26 subsidiaries worldwide and in 2010 achieved sales of just over 1.8 billion RMB.

    Simon began his career in the Australian Department of Defence (Navy Division) as an information technology officer and manager. Leveraging his IT experience, he successfully transferred within the Government sector to become an IT database leader in the Finance Department. Simon returned to Hong Kong in 1995 and spent the next few years working in a range of IT consulting firms including ATOS Origin. In 2006 he was appointed as COO of ChinaSoft International and has improved the operations management and assisted in achieving more than 30% growth since 2005. He has improved ROIs for investors and helped to expand the company to new business sectors and customers through marketing and promotion.

    As the company has grown from 1500 employees in 2005 to 13,000 Simon has enhanced and managed this rapid growth while continuing to deliver quality products and services, meeting security and industry standards, and ultimately providing customer satisfaction. Simon also personally mentors junior staff on project management, customer satisfaction skills, and organisational work ethic.

    ChinaSoft is committed to corporate social responsibility, for example, raising funds for the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake and 2010 Sichuan landslide disaster relief fund. Most recently, Simon was personally involved with his Japanese team members in supporting those affected by the Japan earthquake & tsunami disaster earlier this year.

    Simon's dream is to see the Australia-China relationship continue to blossom so that he can play a small part in expanding and broadening it, as he believes it is his experiences in both countries that have led to his success today.

Finalists

  • Mr. Liu Junling - Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder, The Store Corporation

    Finalist: CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    Flinders University Alumnus
    Shanghai based

    Mr. Liu is the Co-Founder and current CEO of Yihaodian (The Store Corporation), one of China ’s leading e-commerce company.

    Mr. Liu’s career path has been diverse and extensive. He used to teach at Cleve Area School and St. Peter's College in South Australia. He has previously worked as the Business Development Manager for the Wireless Network Group at Lucent Technologies Asia Pacific, in Singapore . He later worked as an assistant to the APAC Avaya Asia Pacific President before moving to become the Asia Pacific General Manager of Avaya Asia Pacific’s Small & Medium Business Solutions Group in Hong Kong . Where he had responsibility to set up and grow teams across the APAC region.

    Due to his results he was later appointed as Vice President and Managing Director of Avaya China with responsibility for all of Avaya’s business in China. Whilst in this role he restructured the teams, fixed the problems, and completely turned the business around, and trippled the business in 3 years. He extended Avaya’s reach in China , created the brand image, and quickly established Avaya as the market leader in China, having taken the No.1 market share in all lines of business.

    Following his success at Avaya, he was recruited as Co-President of Dell China and Hong Kong where he ran a US$2 billion business.

    Three and half years ago, he founded Yihaodian (www.yihaodian.com), leading it toward the achievement of the organization's philosophy, mission, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives. Today Yihaodian has established itself as one of the leading B2C e-commerce companies in China. Employing some 4,800+ employees, with major logistics centres in 5 Chinese cities, 2 R&D centers in Wuhan and Shanghai, 2 call centers in Shanghai and Yangzhou. Yihaodian retails some 140,000 types of products online. Sales in 2010 reached 805m RMB and are expected to reach close to 3 billion RMB in 2011 as employees climb to around 6,000. Rapid growth has even attracted investment from global retail giant Wal-Mart.

    Mr. Liu graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching and a Masters of International Business Administration from Flinders University.

Finalists

  • Mr. Chen Xiaodong - Executive Director/President, Intime Department Store (Group) Company Limited

    Finalist: CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    Murdoch University Alumnus
    Beijing based

    Mr. Chen Xiaodong obtained his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Murdoch University, Australia in 2000. He was previously the Assistant General Manager of the Investment Management Department of China Everbright Group from 2001 to 2004, and then President of Science City Development Public Co., Ltd.(000975.SZ) from 2004. He joined Intime Department Store (Group) Company Ltd. in 2007 and served as COO before becoming CEO in 2009.
    INTIME opened its first department store in Hangzhou in 1998. In around a decade’s time, it has developed into a large chain department store currently having 23 stores around China.

    In 2007,INTIME to become one of the department store companies on the Chinese mainland to be listed in Hong Kong. The company was later included on the MSCI index as constituent stock in 2011 and its current market value exceeds 20 billion RMB.

    As a senior executive, Mr. Chen is active in public activities and has won many honors. Mr. Chen held many positions in organizations, including Vice Chairman of the Zhejiang General Trade Association, and Vice Chairman of the Zhejiang Association of Foreign-invested Enterprises, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Young Entrepreneurs' Association, Vice Chairman of China-ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs' Association and was awarded the title of Distinguished Entrepreneur in the commemorative activity themed “In Retrospect of 60 Years’ Development of PRC—Conference of Celebrated Chinese Entrepreneurs” which was co-sponsored by the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce and other institutions.

Finalists

  • Dr. Lu JianZhong - Head of Corporate Affairs, BHP Billiton China

    Finalist: CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Alumnus
    Shanghai based

    Dr Lu is a former UN diplomat, UN Trade Efficiency Program China Manager, leading the establishment of international electronic trading systems at the Shanghai Trade point Center Point. He designed the architecture for the China Electronic Commerce Center – the authority and backbone for the China e-commerce business. He also created Shanghai Trade Efficiency Association and helped broaden cooperation between governments, chambers, trade facilitation sectors, tele-communication and information industries.

    Dr Lu worked on BHP’s Global Lead Online Strategy and successfully delivered global strategy for online communications and corporate marketing which won him multiple International Awards for Corporate Online Communications best practice and online Marketing. Later as BHP Billiton’s E-commerce Program Manager he successfully led the integration post M&A of BHP and Billiton. Dr Lu delivered BHP Billiton’s I*Net architecture and global governance and later as BHP Billiton’s Technology Group Country Manager, China and Senior Principal Scientist, delivered innovation projects and successful collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Engineering and Mining Industries and promoted sino-Australia academic and industrial exchange and cooperation.

    Later as BHP Billiton’s China Uranium Business Development Manager he created commercial cooperation between Australian and Chinese nuclear sectors and as former Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Former Acting President of BHP Billiton China Dr Lu effectively engaged with Chinese Government, Industries, Media, Communities and NGOs and ensured smooth and successful operation in China from both commercial and socially responsible perspectives.

    Dr Lu has also been a leader in philanthropic work as he has undertook many projects across different sectors in China. He has also extensively volunteered his time and knowledge for a variety of different organizations, forums and universities.

Finalists

  • Dr. Jeffrey Min-Hsin Chen - Chief Representative (China), Sembcorp Industries Group

    Finalist: CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    入围“澳洲会计师公会澳中年度杰出校友奖”

    University of New South Wales Alumnus
    Shanghai based

    Dr Jeffrey Chen has headed up Sembcorp’s operations in China for the last 5 years. Sembcorp, a listed company and part of Singapore ’s Temasek group, has operations across a range of sectors, including utilities (water, wastewater, energy and steam supply etc.), environmental & waste management, industrial park development & management, and marine enginnering etc. Prior to his appointment at Sembcorp, Jeffrey worked with Brambles Industries Limited as Business Development Director, Asia and President, Taiwan and he held several senior management roles in Australia and the Asia region.

    Jeffrey obtained his PhD of Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales in 1994. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Chartered Chemist and a member of the Fellowships of Engineers Australia and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

    Jeffrey has a strong reputation within the Asia Pacific business community and has twice been elected by the ‘International Who’s Who of Professionals’ and in 2011, Jeffrey has been awarded as a "Guest Professor of Southeast University".

    In 2010, Jeffrey has been awarded for the "Top 100 Outstanding China Economic Personage Award", and in 2008, Jeffrey was recognized for his "important contribution to Australia-China relations" with an Australia-China Council Award for Science, Innovation and the Environment. Jeffrey has also been nominated by Advance Global Australians as one of the 50 Leading Australians in Asia .

    Jeffrey has served on several Boards of subsidiaries while he was working with Brambles, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sembcorp’s subsidiaries. Jeffrey has also been on the Executive Committee for International Conferences in Asia and acts as a keynote speaker and chairing the proceedings

Finalists

  • Mr. Kevin Cai - Chief Information officer, China Eastern Airlines

    Finalist: CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    Swinburne University of Technology and Monash University Alumnus
    Shanghai Based

    Kevin Cai joined China Eastern in October 2009 after a worldwide CIO search by the new Chairman of China Eastern Airlines.

    China Eastern Airlines was in poor shape when Kevin came on board as there were very limited IT resources and the IT capabilities were weak. Under his strong leadership, he rebuilt the IT capability and made remarkable progress, and helped enable China Eastern to achieve a historical high profit in 2010.

    He leveraged IT to engineer China Eastern Airlines’ business transformation and supported rapid business integration of China Eastern with Shanghai Airlines. He also actively participated in China Eastern’s transformation to become a truly international airline and constantly delivered innovative solutions to improve passenger experiences.

    Prior to joining China Eastern Airlines, Kevin was the IT Planning Manager at Cathay Pacific Airways and before that, he managed IT system development at Hong Kong Dragon Airlines. He has also served at the Hong Kong Airport Authority and IBM Australia.

Finalists

  • Mr. Paul Glasson - Chairman, Satori Investments; Chief Representative in China, Australia China Business Council

    Finalist: CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    La Trobe University Alumnus
    Shanghai Based

    Paul Glasson is currently Chief Representative in China and Director of the Australia China Business Council, Chairman of Satori Investments Greater China, Chief Representative in China of Atlas Iron Ltd, Chief Representative in China to HRL Ltd, Director of Aokai Co. Ltd, Director of Li Jin Capital Pte Ltd and Non‐Executive Director of HighHai Trading Co Ltd.

    From 2004‐2008 Mr. Glasson worked together with KPMG Australia building their advisory practice to Chinese companies investing in Australia.

    Mr. Glasson has been in China for more than thirteen years and is recognized in industry as one of the foremost experts on outbound investments by Chinese enterprises. He was acknowledged in 2009 and 2010 as one of the Young Leaders in China by the Boao Forum; and by The Australian newspaper in 2008 as one of “the Most Influential Australians in China”.

    Mr. Glasson has been involved in many of the M + A transactions involving Chinese capital investment into Australia, having begun focusing on outbound transactions as early as 2001. These have included Atlas-FerrAus; Dual Gas and CNEEC, Aquila Baosteel, Polaris and MRL, CITIC Pacific Sino Iron, FMG-Baosteel, Huaneng and Ozgen and many other ground-breaking deals.

    Paul Glasson plays a pivotal advocacy role with the Australia China Business Council in promoting bi‐lateral trade and investment ties including running the Australia China Economic & Trade Forum in 2010 and 2011 with Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard MP; Deputy Premier of China Li Keqiang; Vice President of China Xi Jinping and senior government and business leaders; as well as a range of other bi‐lateral engagements with Australian and Chinese government and business.

    Mr. Glasson has published a number of articles and papers on the bi‐lateral relationship and China’s capital investments abroad. Mr. Glasson was born in Melbourne in 1973 and was educated at La Trobe University undertaking a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Philosophy.
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