All conference events will take place at UCLA Anderson School of Management.
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12:00 - 1:00pm REGISTRATION & CHECK-IN | Korn Convocation Hall Foyer (Entrepreneurs Hall)
1:00 - 1:30pm WELCOMING REMARKS AND SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO WILBUR K. WOO TRIBUTE | Korn Convocation Hall
Judy D. Olian | Dean, John E. Anderson Chair in Management, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Michael K. Woo | Son of Wilbur K. Woo; Dean, College of Environmental Design, Cal Poly Pomona
1:30 - 1:45pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Congresswoman Judy Chu
1:45 - 2:15pm CHINA: A MACRO OVERVIEW & A BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE| Korn Convocation Hall
William Yu | Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast
Alan Chu | Partner, China Business Network Leader, PwC
2:15 - 2:30pm BREAK & REFRESHMENTS | Foyer
2:30 - 3:30pm PLENARY SESSION I | Korn Convocation Hall
STRATEGY: GROWTH & COST RATIONALIZATION: Strategies to Maintain Competitiveness in a Changing Global Market
Tom Georgis '98 | Senior Vice President Development, SolarReserve
Curt Moldenhauer | Partner, China Deals Leader, PwC
Frank Shirtong | Senior Director, Corporate Strategy, Symantec
Moderator: Phillip Leslie | Associate Professor of Strategy, UCLA Anderson
China remains a key investment destination for U.S. companies seeking growth as the global economy continues to recover and stabilize. Despite rising costs and appreciation of the RMB, China continues to play an important role in regional and global supply chains due to its established infrastructure and large domestic market. This panel will examine how leading companies are approaching China from both growth and cost rationalization perspectives to continue expansion and stay competitive. Panelists will also discuss how mutually beneficial business relationships can help companies achieve long-term cross border success.
3:30 - 4:30pm PLENARY SESSION II | Korn Convocation Hall
INNOVATION: Globalization of Chinese Companies and Opportunities for Global Collaboration
Jia Su | Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President Peak Sports USA
Sherman Zhang | President, Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) International USA
Jeffrey Qu | Chief Executive Officer, Launch Tech Co. Ltd. USA
Moderator: Shi Zhang | Associate Professor of Marketing, UCLA Anderson
Innovation in China is viewed as a way for Chinese companies to lead the Chinese economy as it shifts from export and investment led growth to expansion driven by consumption and high end technology development. Leading Chinese companies are also beginning to explore cross border innovation opportunities by collaborating with foreign partners both in China and abroad to develop new strategies, technologies and products. This panel features executives from leading Chinese companies from a range of sectors, each with a distinct focus and scale of operations. Panelists will share their experiences driving innovation and their successes and lessons learned in engaging in cross border collaborations.
4:30 - 4:45pm BREAK & REFRESHMENTS | Foyer
4:45 - 5:45pm CONCURRENT PANEL DISCUSSIONS
FINANCE & TAX: Developing More Effective Finance and Tax Strategies for Cross Border Business and Investment | D-301
Pin Tai | Executive Vice President, General Manager, Cathay Bank Eastern Region
Deborah Lee | Partner, Tax, PwC
Moderator: Mark Karlan | Lecturer of Finance and Real Estate, UCLA Anderson
China's importance and prominence from a global perspective is clear, with a large majority of the Fortune 500 companies making substantial on the ground investments. But for many companies, China is evolving from a discretionary investment destination to a growth location that is integral to regional and global strategies. As China's importance and role increases further, leading companies are revisiting their finance and tax strategies, looking for ways to optimize operations. This panel will examine successful strategies that not only ensure compliance with rules and regulations, but help to create a dynamic and flexible treasury and finance function that is adaptable to China's rapidly evolving environment and facilitates cross border growth and expansion.
HR/TALENT DEVELOPMENT: Successful Strategies to Address Cross-Border Talent and Bi-Cultural Issues| C- 315
Heidi Hui | Senior Manager, Talent Management, HTC America
Willa Wang | Talent Acquisition Director, Lenovo China
Ani Avanessian | Director, Human Resources, Panda Restaurant Group
Sean Watson | West Coast Practice Leader, Andersen Steinberg
Moderator: Yunxiang Yan | Professor of Anthropology, Director, UCLA Center for Chinese Studies
Human capital issues typically rank among the top challenges facing foreign companies in China and the situation is becoming even more competitive as foreign firms also now look to compete with local enterprises for top talent. At the same time, native Chinese talent have more opportunities than ever to step out of their homeland and gain experience in mature markets around the world such as the United States. The exchange of talent between the U.S. and China brings enormous opportunities as well as challenges to multinational companies. How do these companies view and address talent and HR challenges? What does the situation look like from the talents' perspective? Panelists will share insights into the strategies that are being implemented to address these issues and develop cross border bi-cultural organizations.
REGULATORY, LEGAL & COMPLIANCE: Managing Regulatory and Compliance Issues with Inbound and Outbound U.S. China Investments | Korn Convocation Hall
Debra Wong Yang | Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Owen Murray | Partner, Forensic Services, PwC
Julian Gresser | Co-Chairman, Global Innovation Integrators (GII)
Moderator: Carla Hayn | Senior Associate Dean, Professor of Accounting, UCLA Anderson
China presents a dynamic regulatory environment with complex risk compliance issues for foreign companies, including intellectual property, foreign corruption and other regulatory issues. This panel will address compliance issues that U.S. companies encounter when investing and doing business in China as well as similar issues that Chinese companies encounter when investing in the U.S.. Panelists will share how winning collaborative strategies can help to mitigate intellectual property issues, such as licensing and trade secrets, increase effectiveness of anti- corruption programs for U.S companies in China, and manage other regulatory and compliance issues.
6:00 - 7:00pm EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE: Operational Knowledge and Experience from Leading Chinese Companies with U.S. Investments | Korn Convocation Hall
John Gann | Finance Director, Trina Solar (U.S.) Inc
Robin Zhang | Enterprise Solution Manager, China Unicom Americas Operations Ltd.
Helen Liu | Deputy Branch Manager, Wing Lung Bank (China Merchants Bank)
Alan Chen | President & CEO, Perfect World Entertainment, Inc.
Moderator: Jerry Nickelsburg | Adjunct Full Professor and Senior Economist, UCLA Anderson
A panel of executives from leading Chinese enterprises will share their viewpoints and experiences on the strategies and operational issues encountered when investing and expanding into the United States. From developing cross border businesses in the U.S. and China, to fostering collaborative relationships with relevant stakeholders in both countries, panelists will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing Chinese companies and reveal insights into successfully engaging in cross border investment.
7:00 - 9:00pm NETWORKING RECEPTION | Executive Dining Room (Gold Hall)