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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CEIBS Hosts Leading MNC Execs for Corporate Advisory Board Meeting

March 15, 2017. Shanghai – Eighteen senior executives of leading multinational companies participated in this year’s highly anticipated CEIBS Corporate Advisory Board meeting, where the day’s discussions included tips on China-specific development strategy and the potential impact of having Donald Trump in the White House.

 The meeting was also an opportunity for school leaders to provide an update on CEIBS’ accomplishments and plans for the future. The school was well represented by President Pedro Nueno, who is also Chengwei Ventures Chair Professor of Entrepreneurship; Vice President and Co-Dean Zhang Weijiong, who is also Professor of Strategy; along with Vice President and Dean Ding Yuan, who is also Cathay Capital Chair in Accounting.

In his Opening Speech, Dean Ding Yuan outlined the school’s recent achievements, including the MBA programme regaining its spot as #1 in Asia in the Financial Times rankings. “We are doing fantastically well, especially in terms of the programmes, faculty development, and knowledge creation,” he said.

In addition to receiving updates on the school and providing strategic advice for its development, CEIBS Corporate Advisory Board meetings are also an opportunity for executives to learn from each other. Today’s meeting was no exception, with Dr. Jiang Weiming, President, Corporate Vice President, DSM (China) Limited sharing his experience at DSM to speak about MNC’s Development Strategy in China. From the discussion that followed, it was clear that aspects of his presentation resounded with other executives in the room – even those from completely different industries. There was also a lively discussion after Prof. Nueno looked at the Potential Impact of Trump Leadership. Issues discussed ranged from Trump’s campaign marketing style, to trade disputes and immigration.

After a closing speech by Prof. Zhang, in which he reaffirmed CEIBS’ commitment to globalisation and providing world-class business management education, the evening wrapped up with conversations continuing over dinner.

CEIBS’ Corporate Advisory Board is a high-visibility platform that provides senior executives from the school's corporate sponsorship partners with an opportunity to share their views concerning business education in China. As an interface between the school and the business community, the CAB gives on-going advice and feedback to CEIBS on issues such as the school's branding, strategy and fund raising, and ensures that the school's teaching and research activities are closely linked to business practice.

Dorothy Zhang
Charmaine Clarke