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Winners

  • Mr. Zili Shao - Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Chinese Operations, JPMorgan Chase & Co

    Winner of - IELTS Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    University of Melbourne Alumnus
    Beijing Based

    Zili Shao is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chinese Operations at JPMorgan Chase & Co. He specialises in People’s Republic of China mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring.

    Mr Shao had previously served as Managing Partner of Asia at Linklaters. He serves as an attorney in the PRC, a barrister and solicitor in Victoria, New South Wales, Australia; Solicitor of the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He has also served as a partner at Allens Arthur Robinson Hong Kong and Sydney; solicitor of Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Melbourne; and attorney at law, with Citic Group in Beijing.

    Mr Shao first travelled to Australia in 1986 as an exchange student. He graduated with a Bachelor and Masters of Law from the University of Melbourne, and was one of the first Chinese qualified lawyers in Australia.

Finalists

  • Mr. Kai Chen - General Manager, Jiangsu Aucksun Co.,Ltd.

    Finalist: IELTS Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    University of Technology, Sydney Alumnus
    Based in Zhangjiagang, China

    Mr. Chen Kai graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) with two degrees: a Master of Engineering Management and a MBA. Currently he is the general manager of Jiangsu Aucksun Co.,Ltd. headquartered in Zhangjiagang, China. Aucksun is now engaged in three areas - metal logistics, new energy and finance. The company went public at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on June 5, 2008.

    Before founding Jiangsu Aucksun Co.,Ltd., Mr. Chen had many years of work experience in foreign invested companies, including serving as an electrical engineer for Philips and GM of Van Shung Chong Coil Center, a Hong Kong listed company.

    Ever since its foundation, Aucksun has seen stable growth in metal logistics, which is highly recognized by the outside world, making it the only domestic listed company in the metal logistics industry. Currently the company operates in five processing and distribution bases, including Zhangjiagang, Dongguan and Shanghai to provide professional metal materials services for more than 1,000 well-known enterprises.

    While vigorously developing its core business, the company led by Chen Kai also set foot in the financial and new energy sectors by establishing the Zhangjiagang Changsheng Microcredit Co., Ltd. in 2009, which has maintained rapid growth ever since its establishment; the company entered the LED segment in 2012 by establishing the Huai’an Aucksun Optronics Co., Ltd and in the future, it will be engaged in creating the dual core business model of metal logistics and LED.

    As a pragmatic entrepreneur, Mr. Chen has made an indelible contribution to the Company’s development. Up to now, Aucksun has nearly 1,000 employees, recording a net profit of RMB150 million in 2012.

Finalists

  • Mr. Yongcheng Xie - Chairman of the Board, Shenzhou Group & President, Shenzhou Construction Group Co., Ltd.

    Finalist: IELTS Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    University of South Australia Alumnus
    Fuzhou Based

    Mr. Xie Yongcheng, graduated from the University of South Australia with a master's degree in Civil Engineering. He is currently is the Chairman of the Board of Shenzhou Group and President of Shenzhou Construction Group Co., Ltd.

    He also is an expert entitled to special allowance granted by the State Council, and the Outstanding Expert, Professor of Engineering, Senior Economist and Registered Level 1 Construction Engineer in Fujian. Mr. Xie also has been awarded an award as an Outstanding Party Member in Fujian Province, a provincial "May Day" Medal, National Excellent Construction Entrepreneur.

    Mr. Xie is the founder of Shenzhou Group. Minqing Municipal Company established in 1992 now and has know grown into Shenzhen Construction Group Co., Ltd., a National Double Level 1 Enterprise, National Outstanding Construction Enterprise, National Trustworthy Enterprise, and Fujian Provincial Civilized Unit. He took the lead to set up the research institution inside a construction enterprise in Fujian, prepared two local standards related to Fujian Provincial engineering construction and has participated in over 10 scientific projects by way of independent research or heading the research.

    Among the over 10 scientific projects, six projects have been awarded respectively the first prize for National Excellent Academic Achievements, National Patent, and the second and third prizes of Provincial Technological Progress. Further, among the over 30 papers published by Mr. Xie, two papers were selected by the China Science and Technology Library, seven of them were awarded the National and Provincial Excellent Paper.

    Several projects contracted by Mr. Xie have won the Golden Cup Demonstration Project of China Municipal Construction and the Golden Cup of Fujian Provincial Municipal Construction; key technologies applied in Meixi cable-stayed bridge, Huangdun Great Bridge and other projects have closed the technical gaps in Fujian Province; even the Haixia Cold Storage Project refreshed the record of single project scale in Asia. Moreover, he is a public-spirited person, providing unstinted devotions to schools and for roads and bridges construction; he also setshas also established up a “Shenzhou Group Scholarship” for providing awards and supports for outstanding students and poor students.

Finalists

  • Mr. Mark Hutchinson - President & CEO, GE Greater China

    Finalist: IELTS Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    University of Queensland Alumnus
    Shanghai based

    In March 2011, Mark Hutchinson was appointed the President & CEO, GE Greater China. He is responsible for leading GE’s growth strategy in this important region where the Company intends to double its activity over the next three years. China is one of the most important global markets for GE.

    The Company has significant operations in Aviation, Energy and Healthcare, in the areas of manufacturing, sourcing and sales. In total 18,000 people are employed in the GE China operations. GE’s purpose in to help China: 1) solve its toughest problems, 2) improve the quality of life, 3) create global partnerships with its National champions and 4) develop global talent. Mark is responsible for making this happen. He is an Officer and Vice President of GE and sits on the Company’s Corporate Executive Council.

    Mark has made a career of building business teams and orchestrating development projects around the world. Mark combines a broad background as a global business leader with deep local knowledge earned on the ground in key markets where he has served. Prior to joining GE China, he was President of GE Capital Real Estate, International where he led the Real Estate team in Europe and Asia successfully through a dramatic cycle. During his decade-long stint as a leader of GE’s capital markets team, Mark successfully led a host of complex transactions in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. From New York, he managed GE’s global securitization and loan syndication; in London, he built a pan European capital markets team, providing securitization, export finance, project finance and debt syndication for a variety of GE businesses; in Hong Kong, he spearheaded the financing of key energy-related construction projects in China and Indonesia. Mark has lived and worked in Australia, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United States, Japan, France and China.

    Prior to joining GE, Mark was head of the Asian project advisory team, based in Hong Kong, for Barclays Merchant Bank. The successful privatization of Western Harbour Crossing and the Route 3 Project, both key elements of Hong Kong’s infrastructure development, was a central accomplishment during his tenure.

    A native of England, Mark graduated from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia

Finalists

  • Mr. Marin Burela - President & CEO, Changan Ford Automobile Co.

    Finalist: IELTS Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    Deakin University Alumnus
    Chongqing Based

    Marin Burela graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical). He was appointed President & CEO of Ford Motor Company’s China joint venture, Changan Ford Automobile Co., Ltd., on November 1, 2010. And from June 1st 2012, Marin Burela has become a new Corporate Vice President & Company Officer.

    Prior to this, Burela served as President and CEO of Ford Australia. During this time, he was responsible for driving the success of Ford Australia operations, while continuing the integration and execution of the One Ford plan.

    Burela began his career with Ford in 1984 after completing Ford Australia’s engineering graduate program. He has served in a variety of positions in Manufacturing, Sales and Marketing, and Product Development.

    In 2004, Burela joined Ford Europe to lead the development of Ford’s Global Small Car product portfolio, including the new global Ford Fiesta. Burela held the position of Vehicle Line executive director, Global Small Car Segment Vehicles, Ford of Europe.
    In addition to his roles at Ford, Burela has held senior management positions at Jaguar and Land Rover. At Land Rover, he was responsible for the group’s manufacturing operations, and appointed to the Board of Land Rover in 2000. Burela was also appointed to the Board of Jaguar and Land Rover in 2002, before re-joining Ford Europe in 2004.

    Burela is a native of Geelong, Australia.

Finalists

  • Mr. Christopher Wright - President, Sandvik Mining and Construction Trading (Shanghai) Co Ltd

    Finalist: IELTS Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    Monash University Alumnus
    Shanghai Based

    Christopher Wright is an Asia Pacific veteran with more than twenty years experience as a military officer, diplomat and senior business executive.

    Now the head of Sandvik Mining China Sales Area, previously he led the trade and investment arm of the Australian Government in China, was a past Marketing Director of BAE SYSTEMS Australia and Chief Representative and President of BAE SYSTEMS plc in China. He also worked for Siemens before joining British Aerospace.

    Christopher has a MBA from Monash University and was an exchange scholar to China in the early 1980s. He is the recipient of several academic awards, the author of the novel Secret Disciples and a painter. He has held membership and positions at various times in the British, European, American and Australian Chambers of Commerce in China.

Finalists

  • Mr. Leslie Huang - National Sales Director, Wrigley China

    Finalist: IELTS Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    University of Western Sydney Alumnus
    Guangzhou based

    For the past three years Leslie Huang has been the National Sales Director of Wrigley China. With nearly 60% penetration and almost 80% market share, Wrigley is the dominant gum and confection brand in China and one of the most successful multinational companies in China.

    Mr Huang graduated with a Master of Marketing from the University of Western Sydney. He credits much of his career success to his Australian education as it has provided him with a strong framework for business judgement and allowed him to navigate complex challenges.

    Since graduating from UWS, Mr Huang has pursed a highly successful career with six promotions in ten years progressing from Executive, Manager, Manager/ Associate Director to National Sales Director across large global organisations including Coca Cola, Energizer, Pepsico and Wrigley.

    As the National Sales Director, Mr Huang is annually in charge of more than $1.7 billion (2013). He led the team to transform Wrigley China to a go-to market system, expanding into more than 1,000 cities, achieving greater than 90% numeric distribution, with an increase of more than 80% market share. Wrigley's is now one of the most sizable and profitable foreign companies (greater than 30% operating profit) in China. The sales system is one of Wrigley China’s core competences; this powerful selling system has been able to lead Wrigley China to achieving a compound annual growth rate in excess of 15% in the past three years.
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