Po-Wen Huang, Beijing, China
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Po-Wen Huang is a U.S. citizen and a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, with master’s and doctorate degrees also from Yale. Having lived in the United States, Hong Kong, and China each for many years, he is familiar with both sides of the Pacific Ocean and understands both China and the West well.
Dr. Huang has served as a Loan Officer in the East Asia and Pacific Department of the World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) in Washington, D.C. He alsoworked at The First Boston Corporation and later Merrill Lynch in New York, and subsequently was chief representative of Merrill Lynch investment banking in Asia and Executive Director of Trident International Finance, a joint venture merchant bank, involving Barclays Bank, Nomura Securities, and Merrill Lynch, based in Hong Kong. He has had extensive experience as well in consulting, executive search, and industrial operations and has been involved in the operations of a number of multinational companies in the Asia-Pacific region and China, and is a director of several corporations.
Throughout his career Dr. Huang has served as investment banker or financial adviser to numerous corporations and governmental bodies, and successfully implemented many financial and investment transactions in the world’s public and private capital markets. In the People’s Republic of China, he has organized joint venture projects for several major American and European conglomerates, and worked closely with many prominent Chinese governmental entities and companies.
Dr. Huang is the founder and Co-Chairman of Tiger Sports, an international sports and entertainment company, and serves as senior adviser to several RMB and foreign currency-denominated venture capital and private equity funds operating in China.
Dr. Huang is the author of the book Diplomacy and Development in Asia: The Formation of the Asian Development Bank. He is listed in Who’s Who of Finance and Industry, Who’s Who of the Asia Pacific Rim, and Who’s Who of the World.
A keen sportsman, Dr. Huang is active in tennis tournaments and coaching, mountain trekking and other outdoor pursuits. He was the founder and President of the Yale Clubs of Hong Kong and Beijing, serves on the latter’s Advisory Board, and is a devotee of music, films, and the arts. Married, with two sons, Dr. Huang resides in Beijing.
Roger F. Azar, Paris, France
Formerly an investment banker with The First Boston Corporation in New York and Directeur Général of an international bank headquartered in Paris, Mr. Azar is Président Directeur Général of Azar S.A., an investment firm headquartered in Paris with holdings in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Mr. Azar received his M.B.A. degree from the Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France.
Wolf-Peter Berthold, Germany/Hong Kong/Vancouver
A native of Germany, Mr. Berthold was formerly Head of Dresdner Bank’s Investment and Private Banking Department in Hong Kong. Subsequently he established and headed Deutsche Bank’s private banking and portfolio management activities in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines, and was Vice President of Deutsche Bank’s Asia/Pacific Regional Head Office under Executive Chairman Simon Murray, responsible for major customer relationships, asset management, equity investments and venture capital sourcing.
Mr. Berthold is now Chairman of the investment and private banking firm, Deutsche Investment Corporation (Asia) [Deutsche Asiatische Beteiligungsellschaft] Ltd. He has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of a major German industrial and engineering group, and director of several companies in the banking and consulting industries. He is a business administration and economics graduate of Mannheim University, Germany.
Cyrus W. Brown, New York/Seattle
Mr. Brown is the founder and President of Winthrop, Brown and Company, a private investment firm.
A licensed pilot and former U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command officer, Mr. Brown has been a senior executive of the Hanover Bank, a venture capital/partner of F.S. Smithers and Company, and Director of Corporate Finance at Abraham and Company in New York. He is also the author of a guide book for entrepreneurs seeking venture capital financing.
Mr. Brown is a graduate of Harvard University, with a degree in engineering and applied physics.
Miles G. Carlisle, Washington D. C./Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
A specialist in international finance, trade, and investment with over 30 years of experience, primarily with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector affiliate of the World Bank in Washington, D.C., Mr. Carlisle played a major role in the start-up and development of IFC’s highly successful co-financing program and raised substantial financial resources for Asian, Latin American, and African projects.
After retiring from IFC, Mr. Carlisle establish his own consulting firm, Carlisle International. He has a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Victor Zhikai Gao, Beijing China
Victor Gao is currently Vice Chairman of Sino-Europe United Investment Corporation and Chairman of the International Committee of the Beijing Private Equity Association and sits on the board of advisers or directors of several major companies and institutions.
Mr. Gao has extensive experience in government, diplomacy, securities regulation, law, investment banking, PE, corporate management and media. Formerly a senior Chinese Foreign Service officer, Victor was an English interpreter in the 1980s for Deng Xiaoping and other top Chinese leaders. He later served as China Policy Advisor at the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. Victor’s prior investment banking experience includes senior positions with Morgan Stanley, CICC and Daiwa Securities. His corporate management experience includes senior positions with CNOOC Limited, where he was Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Company Secretary, member of the Investment Committee, and Director of CNOOC International.
Mr. Gao holds a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, an M.A. degree in
Political Science from Yale Graduate School, an M.A. degree in English
Literature from Beijing University of Foreign Studies, a B.A. degree in
English Literature from Suzhou University, and is on the Advisory Board of the Yale Club of Beijing.
Michael Xin Guo, Beijing, China
Mr. Guo is the Chairman and CEO of Clina Intelligence, a high tech cloud-computing enterprise. He was formerly President of International Data Corporation (IDC)’s China operations, and Managing Partner and Board Director of Gallup China, based in Beijing. Previously he was also a senior executive of the CITIC Group.
Mr. Guo is a graduate of the Beijing Foreign Studies University, and has participated in the Executive Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, the American Management Association, the China Marketing Research Association, and others.
Michael Pettis, Beijing, China
Michael Pettis is a Professor at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Business School and School of International Public Affairs (SIPA).
Mr. Pettis has spent fifteen years as a banker and trader on Wall Street, nine years as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Business School, and two years as a professor at Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management (Beijing). Before moving to China in 2001, he was Managing Director and Head of the Capital Markets Strategy Group at Bear Stearns, a New York-based investment bank, headed the fixed income trading and capital markets desks for Manufacturers Hanover (now JP Morgan Chase), Credit Suisse First Boston and Bear Stearns, and arranged bond offerings for the Governments of Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela.
He received an MBA in Finance and an M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Development Economics from Columbia University.
Dr. Kie-Wei Tung, Hong Kong/Boston
Formerly a senior executive of Citibank, Dr. Tung is Managing Director of an international insurance company headquartered in Hong Kong, and director of several corporations.
He was educated at Imperial College, London, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his Doctorate from Yale University.
Our special thanks to Huang Wenjun and Thomas L. Chrystie, who generously helped us so much from the start.
A native of Shanghai, Huang Wenjun for many years represented The People’s Republic of China in many international and bilateral negotiations on economic and trade matters, serving as Official Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade (MOFERT) and Director General of the Ministry’s Policy Research Department. Mr. Huang was a senior diplomat in the Chinese embassies in Sweden and Great Britain as well as the United Nations before being appointed Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D. C..
Thomas L. Chrystie, a key driving force and one of the strategic "gurus" behind our company, had a very distinguished investment banking career (Chairman of Merrill Lynch White Weld Capital Markets Group and Merrill Lynch Capital Resources; Adviser on Strategy; Head of the Investment Banking Division; and Chief Financial Officer), and now lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Florida. Thanks for everything, Tom