OUR GOVERNANCE BOARD
Former CEO, Cargill China
Former Chairman, AmCham Shanghai, US based
Nor spent 31 years with Cargill, 25 of which were in Asia running their operations in Korea, Japan and China. Throughout his tenure the company significantly expanded operations in these three countries. In 2010 Nor became the Chairman and President of Enactus China, the China branch of the US non-profit, Enactus. During his six years as president the organization grew rapidly adding over 40 new sponsoring companies and 175 universities to its network. In 2011 Nor began his association with IMA Asia which provides a peer group forum for Asia based CEO’s.
Nor served as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in 2008 and 2009 and received Shanghai’s Silver Magnolia Award as an outstanding expat resident in 2002. He currently is based in Seattle and serves as the Executive Director of the Washington State China Relationship Council.
Former Senior Partner, Egonzehnder, China & HK SAR based
British by origin, Bill grew up in UK, graduating with a first class honours degree in Modern History and Economics from the University of Oxford, but has spent his entire professional career of more than 40 years working from bases in Asia.
Bill spent the first more than 20 years of his career working in corporate leadership roles for prominent listed and family controlled enterprises in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, such as Jardines and the Economist Group.
Bill was a Senior Partner of EgonZehnder, where in a track record of more than 20 years, he helped take the firm to market leadership in the premium people consulting segment in East Asia. After attaining retirement age, Bill continues to play a role in helping people make better decisions through his own business advisory practice, Consigliere Limited.
Chief Operating Officer, Chemist Warehouse, Australia Based
Jackie has vast and deep management experience as she excelled in several senior executive roles like President, VP Supply Chain, Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer at listed organizations like Sigma Healthcare and Staples Greater China (division of Staples Inc). Her qualifications include Senior EMBA, FCPA, GAICD and MBS.
Relocating to Shanghai for more than 5 years, Jackie turned around the Greater China businesses, where she delivered tremendous improvement exceeding Staples’ expectations. Jackie was awarded the Shanghai Silver Magnolia award by the Shanghai Municipality in 2016 and won the Australian China Alumni Association 2016 Women in Leadership award. Jackie joined Chemist Warehouse in Australia as the Chief Operating Officer in December 2018.
Jackie is passionate about promoting the welfare and progress of women in the work place, actively acting as a mentor/coach for women in leadership whilst leading the set-up of the GWC Australian affiliate.
Managing Partner, Swartz, Binnersley & Associates, HK based
Kristi L Swartz, managing partner of Swartz, Binnersley & Associates, concentrates her practice in corporate finance and fintech matters. She is well versed in advising and providing practical and real-time advice relating to services such as robo-advisory, peer-to-peer lending, alternative payments through to the set-up and running of crypto-exchanges and equity crowdfunding platforms for professional investors. Kristi has practiced in Hong Kong for over 18years, and works with emerging growth companies through to multinational corporations and is recognised by Euromoney and Asian Legal Business for her contributions to the industry.
Alongside her practice, Kristi is an active member of the community, and sits on the board of directors for Global Women Connect, Faith In Love Foundation and is a co-founder of the 30% Club’s Hong Kong chapter. She campaigns for a fair and diverse playing field across the board. She is a firm believer in leading by experience, and has acted as a mentor in mentorship programmes run by The Women’s Foundation as well as the Law Society of Hong Kong.
Founder & CEO of the Australian Revenue Management Association (ARMA)
Melissa Kalan is the CEO and Founder of the Australian Revenue Management Association (ARMA), providing online education programs for industry and academia and e-learning course development. Her life philosophy is centred on the principle of “always learning” and her background includes senior management positions within Qantas Airways Limited and The Ritz-Carlton, Hotel Company. Melissa wrote the first Australian nationally accredited short course in revenue and yield management, developed the Graduate Certificate of Revenue Management in partnership with Torrens University Australia, founded the APAC Revenue Management Summit and developed YIELDMAX® - a revenue management training tool for academic partners. Melissa recently published her first book which draws on her extensive public speaking experience – How to Conquer your Fear and Boost your Credibility. Melissa is delighted to also be appointed CEO of Global Woman Connect – Australian Chapter.
Former VP & CEO, Infosys Greater China, China based
Prior to his current position, Ranga was the Chief Executive Officer of Infosys China for the past 18 years. He has 25 years of experience in Information Technology. He has worked extensively in US, Australia and Greater China markets in various roles. He performed leading roles in client management and delivery in technology outsourcing and consulting business. His key interests are in motivating and developing high performing team.
Ranga has been in Shanghai for more than 8 years. Under his leadership Infosys China has expanded its business and operations across 7 cities in China and has developed large relationship with large Chinese corporations.
He has Bachelor of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Prior to Infosys, he worked in large corporations in India and in Indian Civil Service.
Founder & CEO
Polly is a seasoned business management professional with extensive experience across Greater China and Asia Pacific. Prior to her current position, she was the Asia Pacific Regional Business Director and Worldwide Sales Operations Director of Kodak.
Polly is a passionate contributor to make a better society. In addition to GWC, she is also the co-founder and vice chair of Hong Kong Youth Service Leader Award, and Board Director of OneMBA Alumni Association Asia. Polly holds BBA degree and Global EMBA master degree (in Dean’s list for outstanding performance) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also a visiting speaker to the university. Currently Polly is based in Shanghai.
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