Centennial Bios: Shanghai

Cassian Cheung ’78
- Panelist
President, Hong Kong Kellogg Alumni Club

Cassian Cheung is an adjunct professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Business and Management School, where he has been teaching in the MBA program. Cassian is also a co-founder of Cairnhill Consultants, a company that provides advisory services in the consumer products and retail industries in Asia.

Cassian was the President of Wal-Mart China from 2002 to 2005, where he led the expansion of Wal-Mart retail stores in China with a team of more than 20,000 associates. Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Cassian was the President of Quaker Oats Asia. Cassian started his career with Nestlé in the USA, and subsequently held various marketing positions in Switzerland, Singapore and eventually in China as Chief Operating Officer.

Cassian is an advisory board member of the HKUST Business School. He is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Trinity Limited, a member of the Li & Fung Group, and a non-executive director of Next Media Limited, a leading Chinese media company in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Cassian is the President of the Kellogg Alumni Club of Hong Kong.

David Chu
- Panelist
Founder of Nautica and Lincs by David Chu

Hailed as one of Forbes’ “Top Chinese-Americans in Business,” designer and entrepreneur David Chu first rose to prominence in the eighties with the success of his lifestyle brand, Nautica. It was his interpretation of his six sailing jackets, marrying technical function and all-American style, that helped turn Nautica into a global brand. When Nautica was acquired in 2003, its worldwide sales were in excess of $1 billion.

Today, from his studio and showroom in a refined Manhattan townhouse, Chu designs the LINCS collection alongside other brands managed and operated by his firm DC Management Group (DCMG). This includes the eponymous David Chu Bespoke line, a custom-clothing atelier located on the penthouse floor of the “Townhouse” that embodies Chu’s ultimate statement on style, sophistication, and the well-lived life.

Professor Steven DeKrey '84
- Featured Speaker
Senior Associate Dean, HKUST Business School

Prof. Steven DeKrey is Senior Associate Dean, Director of MBA/EMBA/MSc programs, and Adjunct Professor of Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School.

Prof. DeKrey has committed his career to business education and leadership development. Beginning as an educational psychologist, he worked for five years consulting with parents, teachers and students in Iowa.  His responsibilities included educational diagnoses, educational programming and sport psychology. 

A native mid-western American, Prof. DeKrey moved to Chicago in 1982 after completing his Ph.D. degree at the University of Iowa.  In Chicago he attended the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  At Kellogg, he earned his MBA and was named Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor.  He held these positions for 6 years. While at Kellogg he initiated the well known applicant interview requirement to assess leadership potential and taught part time.

Joining the College of Business at the University of Florida in 1989, Prof. DeKrey worked for 6 years as Director of MBA programs.  At Florida, Prof. DeKrey taught strategy classes for the Department of Management, initiated and developed a Gainesville based Executive MBA program and a company sponsored Executive MBA program for AT+T in Jacksonville.

In February of 1996, Prof. DeKrey as Associate Dean assumed the Directorship of Masters programs of the School of Business at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and holds an Adjunct Professor appointment in management.  In 1998 the Kellogg/HKUST EMBA program was launched with Prof. DeKrey as Founding Director.  Widely recognized for quality, HKUST's MBA programs are rated highly by Financial Times with the Kellogg/HKUST EMBA program No. 2 in the world and the full time MBA rated top in Asia by the Economist.

Jack Ma
- Keynote Speaker
Chairman and CEO, Alibaba Group; Chairman and Non-Executive Director, Alibaba.com

Jack Ma is the lead founder of Alibaba Group and has been the chairman and chief executive officer of Alibaba Group since its inception in 1999. Jack is responsible for the overall strategy and focus of Alibaba Group.

Jack is a pioneer in the Chinese Internet industry and in 1995 founded China Pages, widely believed to be China's first Internet-based company. From 1998 to 1999, Jack headed an information technology company established by the China International Electronic Commerce Center (CIECC), a department of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (MOFTEC).

Jack currently serves on the board of SOFTBANK CORP., a leading digital information company that is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. As a respected business leader, he was chosen by the World Economic Forum as a "Young Global Leader" in 2001, and selected by China Central Television (CCTV) and its viewers as one of the "Top 10 Business Leaders of the Year" in 2004. He was also named one of the "25 Most Powerful Businesspeople in Asia" by Fortune Magazine in 2005, a "Businessperson of the Year" by BusinessWeek Magazine in 2007, and one of the 30 "World's Best CEOs" by Barron's in 2008. Jack is a member of APEC Business Advisory Council, which was established by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, in 1995 as the vehicle for formalizing private sector participation in APEC.

Jack holds a bachelor degree in English from Hangzhou Teacher's Institute.

Peter Tan ‘83
- Alumni Co-Chair
Senior Vice President and President, Asia-Pacific division, Burger King Corporation

Peter Tan is senior vice president and president for Burger King Corporation’s Asia-Pacific division. He is also a member of the executive leadership team and reports directly to the chairman and chief executive officer of Burger King Corporation. Tan is responsible for all Burger King Corporation operations in the Asia-Pacific division and is based in the company’s Asian headquarters in Singapore. Previously, Tan was senior vice president and president of McDonald’s Corporation greater China division, a position that included Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau and more than 1,250 restaurants. Tan was responsible for strategic growth of the business and management of all key functions in the region. Among Tan’s accomplishments at McDonald’s were developing an organization to support the growth potential of the greater China region, delivering operational excellence standards that are among the best in the system and driving food innovation. Tan’s other roles at McDonald’s included serving as president of McDonald’s China Development Company. Before joining McDonald’s, Tan was vice president of CitiBank Singapore. Tan holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is a member of the Kellogg School of Management Alumni Advisory Board.

Michael Wood
- Panelist
CEO of Greater China, LeoBurnett

Originally from Auckland New Zealand, Michael has 20 years of advertising and marketing experience across 4 multinational companies in 7 countries.

Starting in Auckland at Bates Advertising, he moved through both the research field (AC Nielsen) and client side (Sara Lee) before returning to advertising at Leo Burnett Auckland. In the subsequent 15 years, he worked at Leo Burnett Wellington before moving to Leo Burnett Chicago as VP on Procter and Gamble. From the US, he moved to start up and run Leo Burnett’s operations in Vietnam. From there it was onto Managing Director of Leo Burnett’s Taiwan operation and then Managing Director of Leo Burnett Canada. After briefly returning to Chicago in 2003, Michael returned to Asia in January 2004 as the CEO for Leo Burnett Greater China responsible for Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China.

During 16 years with Leo Burnett he has worked on all LB key global and regional multinational clients.

Weiying Zhang - Featured Speaker
Weiying Zhang, Dean, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University

Weiying Zhang is Dean of the Guanghua School of Management of Peking University, and Director of Peking University’s e-Business Center, and a leading economist in China. He received a bachelor degree in 1982 from Northwestern University at Xi’an and D. Phil. in economics in 1994 from Oxford University. Between 1984 and 1990, he was a research fellow of the Economic System Reform Institute of China, and heavily involved in economic reform policy making in China. He was the first Chinese economist who proposed the “dual-track price reform” (in 1984). After he graduated from Oxford, he co-founded China Center for Economic Research (CCER), Peking University in 1994, and worked with the Center until August, 1997. From 1999 to August 2006, He was the executive associate dean of Guanghua School of Management. His visionary reform has changed business education in China. He was also the chief architect of the 2003 Peking University faculty system reform. As a scholar of economics he has published dozens of academic articles and 10 books. His works have had significant impacts on the ongoing enterprise reform policy formulation and the development of economics in China. He has been frequently invited to deliver keynote speeches at high-level international and domestic symposiums and forums. His insightful opinions of the Chinese economy have been frequently reported in media. He was awarded "The Man of the Year in Chinese Economy" by CCTV in 2002. He has served as the chief economist for China Entrepreneurs Forum since 2001.