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Interim Manager China

How to Successfully Develop and Retain Employees in China

How to Successfully Develop and Retain Employees in China at the Example of Swiss Company Schindler

business club shangahiNowadays in China labor market, many companies are confronted with the challenge of how to successfully develop and retain employees in China.
With this question as the theme, on September 7th 2017, the Business Club Shanghai gathered around 30 high-level management executives from multinationals and SME’s of various industries together in Shanghai Hilton Hotel with our first female keynote speaker Mrs. Tansy TONG delivering the facts and solutions applied within SCHINDLER China.
The topic attracted heated discussions and exchanges and the event came to a successful end with the birthday celebration for our keynote speaker.

About the Business Club Shanghai
The Business Club Shanghai is providing a platform for sharing views and experiences at business leader’s level. The Business Club in Shanghai follows the successful tradition of the Business Clubs in Zurich (Switzerland), Vienna (Austria) and Munich (Germany). The series has been initiated by Brainforce International, the leading Swiss-based Interim Management provider with its fully owned subsidiary in Shanghai and Oehen PR, the management consultancy for Public Relations, bridging Chinese and Swiss business matters.

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BRAINFORCE presenting the CEO-of-the-Year Ranking 2016 Russia

BRAINFORCE, a leading international provider of interim management services and E.X.P.E.R.T.3 Solutions®, have presented the Gold Award to the Top-ranked Russian listed Company CEOs for the third time.

The winners among large companies in 2016 present mostly industrial sectors of economic activity in comparison to 2014 where the leading industries among the winners were retail and telecommunication. The quantity of companies which can be included to the ranking is increased in 2016, in comparison to 2015. Plenty of large companies could keep the leading positions.

At the same time the winners among medium-sized companies have changed significantly in comparison to 2015. No more than 10% of companies could keep the high rating. The considerable amount of CEOs from the last year ranking could not be included to the current due to the fact that CEOs had been changed in about of 25% of companies in 2015 and in 2016.

In 2016 the Winner in the category „Combined Performance Large Companies“ is Vladimir Kunitsky, CEO of the one of the world’s leading producers of mineral fertilisers “ Akron”. Winner in the category ‘Combined Performance Medium Companies’ is Alexandr Masko, CEO of “Murmansk sea trading port”.

Ratings made by BRAINFORCE AG in cooperation with the Swiss Research Institute Obermatt

The ranking methodology is based on transparent key performance indicators and calculations with global benchmark, and exclude subjective evaluations.
For the Rankings, three indexed company performance indicators were calculated on 2015 financial figures: Sales Growth, Profitability Growth and Investment/Total Shareholder Return Growth. By indexing the parameters, disturbances from external factors are eliminated. Furthermore, the performance of the Russian companies was compared with 30-70 companies from the same industry or similar business cycles worldwide. Only CEOs with company performance superior than at least 50% of their global peers were considered.

The Gold Winners 2016 by category are the following CEOs:

 

LARGE COMPANIES

Categorie Combined Performance ( Growth Sales + Profitability + Investment)

Vladimir Kunitsky, CEO, Akron – 97 %
Pavel Grachev, CEO, Polyus Zoloto – 96 %
Leonid Mikhelson, Chairman of the Board, Novatek – 95 %

Categorie Investment/ Total Shareholder Return Growth Performance

German Gref, President, Sberbank Rossii – 100 %
Yuri Slyusar, President, Ob’edinennaya Aviastroitelnaya Companiya – 100%
Sergey Tolstoguzov, CEO, RAO Energeticheskie Systemy Vostoka – 98%
Pavel Grachev, CEO, Polyus Zoloto – 98%
Mikhail Shamolin, President, AFK “Systema” – 94%

Categorie Sales Growth Performance

Leonid Mikhelson, Chairman of the Board, Novatek – 98 %
Alexander Grubman, CEO, Chelyabinsky Truboprokatny Zavod – 98%
Dmitry Markarov, CEO, SK Rosgosstrakh – 96 %
Vladimir Kunitsky, CEO, Akron – 96%

Categorie Profit Growth

Vladimir Kunitsky, CEO, Akron – 100 %
Andrey Guriev, CEO, PhosAgro – 100 %
Pavel Grachev, CEO, Polyus Zoloto – 96%
Leonid Mikhelson, Chairman of the Board, Novatek – 96 %
Oleg Korzhov , CEO, Mechel – 96%

 

MEDIUM COMPANIES

 

Categorie Combined Performance (Growth Sales + Profitability + Investment)

Alexander Masko, CEO, Murmansky morskoy torgovy port – 95%
Igor Khodyko, CEO, Elektrozink – 93%
Alexander Mordvinov, CEO, Mordovskaya Sbytovaya Companiya – 92%

Categorie Investment/ Total Shareholder Return Growth Performance

Alexander Masko, CEO, Murmansky morskoy torgovy port – 100%
Alexander Saveliev, Chairman, Bank Sankt Peterburg – 100%
Sultan Batov, CEO, Novorossiysky morskoy torgovy port – 100%
Alexey Scherbakov, CEO, Saratovenergo – 100%
Anatoly Yashanin, CEO, Kaluzhskaya sbytovaya kompaniya – 100%

Categorie Sales Growth Performance

Alexander Mordvinov, CEO, Mordovskaya Sbytovaya Companiya – 100%
Valery Nikolaev, CEO, Yaroslavsky shinny zavod – 98 %
Sergey Efanov, CEO, Belon – 96%

Categorie Profit Growth

Valery Nikolaev, CEO, Yaroslavsky shinny zavod – 100%
Sergey Kaminsky, CEO, Krasnoyarskaya GES – 96 %
Ildar Sultanov, CEO, Alrosa Nyurba – 96 %
Alexander Mikheev, CEO, Rostvertol – 96 %

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BRAINFORCE presenting the CEO-of-the-Year Ranking China 2016

BRAINFORCE, the leading international provider of interim management services, have presented the Gold Award to the Top-ranked Chinese listed Company CEOs for the third time. Following the recently Sino-Swiss Cooperation Agreement on Innovation signed by President Xi Jinping and Swiss President Schneider-Ammann, the Ceremony was held at the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing in the presence of the CEOs of leading Swiss companies in China.ceo-opf-the-year
The Obermatt ranking methodology (www.obermatt.com) is based on transparent key performance indicators and calculations with global benchmark, and exclude subjective evaluations. Gold Award Winners in the category “Combined Performance Large Companies” is Liu Qiangdong, CEO of JD, Wang Chuanfu, CEO of BYD, Ma Mingzhe, CEO of Ping AN and Xu Zhen, CEO of Shanghai Construction.

Global Company Performance Ranking conducted in China for listed Chinese companies

For the Rankings, three indexed company performance indicators were calculated on 2015 financial figures: Sales Growth, Profitability Growth and Investment/Total Shareholder Return Growth. By indexing the parameters, disturbances from external factors are eliminated. Furthermore, the performance of the Chinese enterprises was compared with 30-70 companies from the same industry or similar business cycles worldwide. Only CEOs with company performance superior than at least 50% of their global peers were considered.

The Gold Winners 2016 by category are the following CEOs:

Large Companies

Category Combined Performance (Growth Sales + Profitability + Investment)

  • Liu Qiangdong (JD.com), 80%
  • Wang Chuanfu (BYD), 79%
  • Ma Mingzhe (Ping An), 79%
  • Xu Zheng (Shanghai Construction), 79%

Category Sales Growth Performance

  • Wang Chuanfu (BYD), 95%
  • Guo Guangchang (Fosun International), 94%

Category Profitability Growth Performance

  • Li Feng (BAIC Motor), 92%
  • Ma Mingzhe (Ping An), 91%
  • Jiao Fangzheng (Sinopec Yizheng Chemical Fibre), 91%

Category Total Shareholder Return/Investment Growth Performance

  • Xu Jiayin (Evergrande Real Estate), 98%
  • Zhou Genkun (China Great Wall Computer), 98%
  • Wang Shi (China Vanke), 89%
  • Guo Guangchang (Fosun International)

GROWTH ENTERPRISE MARKET COMPANIES

Category Combined Performance (Growth Sales + Profitability + Investment)

  • Jin Shaoping (Jinlong Machinery & Electronics), 99%
  • Jia Quanchen (Qingdao Hengshun Zhongshen Group), 99%
  • Peng Hao (Shenzhen Sunway Communication), 98%

Category Sales Growth Performance

  • Sheng Faqiang (Beijing Outdoor Products), 100%
  • Chen Qi (Wuhu Token Sciences), 100%
  • Wang Piaoyang (Beijing Water Business Doctor), 100%
  • Ding Lixian (Shezhen Jiawei Photovoltaic Lighting), 100%
  • Jin Shaoping (Jinlong Machinery & Electronics), 100%
  • Chen Runsheng (Beijing Hualu Baina Film & TV), 100%

Category Profitability Growth Performance

  • Quanchen Jia (Qingdao Hengshun Zhongshen Group), 100%
  • Huang Qialong (Songcheng Performance Development), 100%
  • Peng Hao (Shenzhen Sunway Communication), 98%
  • Sun Pingfan (Ningbo Cixing), 98%
  • Liu Chenyan (Wangsu Science & Technology), 98%
  • Zhang Zhong (Jiangsu Tongguang Electronic Wire & Cable), 98%
  • Ding Lixian (Shenzhen Jiawei Photovoltaic Lighting), 98%
  • Jin Shaoping (Jinlong Machinery & Electronics), 98%
  • Pu Zhiongjie (Lepu Medical Technology Beijing), 98%

Category Total Shareholder Return/Investment Growth Performance

  • Quanchen Jia (Qingdao Hengshun Zhongshen Group), 100%
  • Hua Yong (Hangzhou Shunwang Technology), 100%
  • Shen Limin (Jiangsu Feiliks International Logistics), 100%
  • Zhou Dehong (Jiangsu Baoli Asphalt), 100%
  • Lu Xiuqiang (Jiangsu Xiuqiang Glassowrk), 100%
  • Qian Zhenyu (Jiangyin Haida Rubber and Plastic), 100%
  • Li Hongguo (Lectron Energy Saving Materials), 100%
  • Liu Shuangguang (Gosuncn Technology Group), 100%
Brainforce Office Southafrica

New Head of BRAINFORCE South Africa

German-South African Gunther Voet succeeds Lynda Gibson

The Senior Emerging Markets expert Gunther Voet has taken over the responsibility as the Country Manager of BRAINFORCE South Africa located in Johannesburg. He now succeeds Lynda Gibson who has been serving as Country manager to date, and who will now focus on coaching assignments.

Gunther Voet Country Manager SAGunther Voet has a broad working experience particularly in Africa, South America and Asia. As a project manager, consultant and director he had served over 30 years for various organizations such as the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation and other public development and private management consulting companies. As an entrepreneur in South Africa, he established an industrial European-South African Business Park. Subsequently, he had joined BRAINFORCE in a business development role in 2014.

„We are proud to have with Gunther Voet a top senior Africa expert on board. Interim Management solutions in South Africa and the sub-Saharan Region are essential for the transformation of both local subsidiaries of international enterprises and local African companies with international activities.”, says Martin Schneider, CEO of the BRAINFORCE Group. According him Gunther Voet shall further expand the strong position of BRAINFORCE in this growing market.

Gunther Voet build up his experience in project management and crisis management in countries like Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Liberia and South Africa. He also worked for 14 years in Chile, Peru, Afghanistan and Mongolia.

KUKA: Key Differences on Leadership Style between a German and a Chinese owned Company

Business Club Shanghai Oktober 2016“There are substantial differences in leadership style between a German and a Chinese Owned company in China”, explained Mr. WANG Jiangbing, President of KUKA Systems China at his speech at the Business Club Shanghai.

KUKA is a world leading German manufacturer of automation systems and robotics. The majority of this traditional German family owned company has been taken over by the Chinese Midea Group recently. Mr. WANG has managed three German-Chinese JVs in the past 18 years. He presented his observations and experiences regarding leadership in both cultures.

Brainforce Business Club Shanghai

Mr. Wang was invited by Brainforce to the Business Club Shanghai. This high-profile decision-maker platform in Shanghai is organized by Brainforce, Oehen PR and Froriep and brings together regularly top level managers from the Shanghai area for an experience exchange.

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