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Friday, August 14, 2015

CEIBS’ Former Dean & 3 Alumni Featured in Upcoming Book

CEIBS’ Former Dean & 3 Alumni Featured in Upcoming Book

Former CEIBS Dean John Quelch and three of the school’s MBA alumni – Mark Secchia, Laurie Underwood and Devon Nixon – are among those featured in the book series Americans in Shanghai set for launch on August 31. The book, published by the Shanghai Institute of American Studies, is a look at Shanghai through the stories of those interviewed.

As the Institute explains, it “offers a new perspective of the city’s transformation into a thriving metropolis through the lens of America expats, who play a key role in Shanghai’s prosperity.” Professor John Quelch served as Vice President & Dean of CEIBS from 2011 – 2013. In September 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Magnolia Silver Award for his outstanding contributions to the school and the city of Shanghai. He is currently Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

Mark Secchia, who graduated from CEIBS in 1999, built Sherpa’s – a successful food delivery service – out of what was originally an internship project with classmates. Now with millions of dollars in annual revenue and hundreds of employees at its locations in Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou, Sherpa’s has become a household name for the expat populations in these cities. Secchia has lived and worked in Shanghai since 1997.

Laurie Underwood graduated from CEIBS in 2003. She has more than a decade of experience as a journalist in Asia and is the co-author of two books – China CEO and China Entrepreneur. From 2007 – 2011, she was Director of External Communications and Development at CEIBS. She is currently Communications Director, Asia Pacific, at Air Liquide in Shanghai.

Devon Nixon has been CEO of his start-up SoilTap China since 2010, the year he completed his CEIBS MBA. The company provides sustainable soil solutions. Its goal is to provide China’s growers with efficient and effective solutions for higher yields and higher quality harvests. During his MBA studies, Dixon was elected president of the Student Committee.

The four are among a long list of Americans who have contributed to Shanghai’s development over the years. Other familiar names include former US Consul General in Shanghai Kenneth Jarrett, former TV talk show host Nancy Merrill, as well as Scott Minoie, the Founder and Managing Partner of the popular food chain Element Fresh.