Driven, passionate and strongly committed, Gary takes great pride in his self-made background. The fact that he had to quit senior high school only after the first semester did not stop him from dreaming big. In the following 7 years, he completed high school, college and graduate studies in English Language all by himself while working as a highly effective high-school English teacher for 4 years.
His business career began in June 1992 as the General Manager secretary in a food joint venture with then the $1-billion Agrolimen S.A. of Spain, based in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, where he worked for 2.5 years closely with his first boss, a FMCG executive with 15 years' experience in Campbell Soup and Pepsi, as well as other key board members, and developed a strong interest in global business. He then joined Sony Guangzhou Office as a Marketing Rep responsible for setting up the distribution network for Sony Recording Media & Energy products in the South and West China. During his 8 years' stay with Sony, in both Guangzhou and Shanghai, he rose the ranks and eventually became one of the highest-ranking Chinese nationals in the company when he was promoted to be the company's first Manager for National Account Sales Management Department for the Consumer Electronics Division, then a RMB1-billion sales organization with retail chain customers like Gome, Suning, Yolo, Carrefour, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and Metro.
He then joined DuPont as the Greater China Country Manager for Imaging Technologies based in Shanghai, the first local Chinese in that position. Despite the fact that he had never worked in the chemical industry or taken a P&L responsibility before, he thrived on the empowered leadership, doubled the business in less than 3 years and grew the DuPont Cyrel® flexo plate's market share from 56% to 80%, making Greater China the biggest subregion in Asia Pacific in terms of revenue and ATOI. That was a real milestone as in the previous 15 years, Japan and Korea had always been the biggest subregion in sales in Asia Pacific.
After a brief stint with Dell China as a sales executive in International Group, Gary founded MindSpan Development in April 2006, now the leading executive coach network in Asia Pacific with 330 coaches serving 220 global clients including 95 Fortune 500 companies in Greater China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Australia and South Africa.
Partial MindSpan client list include Microsoft, J&J, Ford, Coca Cola, GE, PepsiCo, Mars, Standard Chartered, Bayer, Starbucks, ThyssenKrupp, AB Agri, Novartis, Deloitte, Roche, Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Mead Johnson, Jaguar Land Rover, DuPont, Fonterra, AB InBev, Lenovo, Bertelsmann, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Schneider Electric, Parker, Huawei, TCL, Midea, and Baidu.
Gary's own clients include Coca Cola, Microsoft, Novartis, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ford, Novo Nordisk, Schneider Electric, Deloitte, Mars, UTC, Eaton, AB InBev, MWV, Herbalife, Mead Johnson, Givaudan, Freudenberg, Auchan, ThermoFisher, FlowServe and CFLD.
Gary is the Producer of a number of industry-known leadership development programs including Executive Coach Certification Program (ECCP) in partnership with Coaching Australia, China Executive Coaching Conference (CECC), Coaching for Leadership Excellence (C4LE) workshop by Marshall Goldsmith as well as the Leading and Coaching across Cultures (LCAC) workshop by Philippe Rosinski and a speaker in the 3rd Asian Coaching Conference, which will be organized in Seoul, Korea on October 7-8, 2014.
Looking back at his career and life, Gary contributed his success to a burning desire to make a difference in everything he does. He actually thinks what Larry Page, Google's co-founder, says about Google's success best sums up his values and beliefs: "Optimism is important. You have to be a little silly about the goals you're going to set. There is a phrase I learned in college called, 'Having a healthy disregard for the impossible,' that is a really good phrase. You should try to do things that most people would not."
Advocating that human beings should take full control of their destiny and everyone can achieve success through IDG Success Model (Initiative, Drive and Generosity). Gary follows his heart and embraces the extraordinary power of dream and purpose. He declares that most people use only a fraction of their potential, and stands to be a catalyst for leaders and people to express their full capabilities and reach their greatest success.
Gary studied at Nanjing Teacher's University through a self-taught program and CEIBS in an 18-month company-specific EDP program. He is a Coaching Australia certified executive coach, a certified Hogan administrator and a former Executive Committee member of APAC (Asia Pacific Association of Coaches).
Gary lives in Shanghai with his wife and 2 daughters Dora and Orange, and speaks fluent Chinese, English, Cantonese and Shanghai dialect. His hobbies include marathon, long-distance walking, tennis, travel, reading and networking.
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