Knowledge Exchange

Panel Discussion

East-West Leadership

27 Jul 2021 15:00 - 17:30
  • Member Price: RMB 50
  • Standard Price: RMB 100
  • In-person event

Cultural Matches & Mismatches between Headquarters & China Branches

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Event details

The key to a multinational company’s success in China is the ability to ‘translate’ global strategy into local performance: something much easier said than done. In today’s complex and volatile business environment, both foreign and Chinese managers get stuck between two unproductive choices. One is sounding ‘too foreign’ for Chinese clients, suppliers and colleagues; the other is sounding ‘too Chinese’ for senior management at headquarters. The resulting gap in communication, decision-making and attitude affects everyone on both sides, whether they are in touch directly or indirectly.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, 27 July, BritCham Shanghai and its Human Resources Committee invite the 19-year China resident intercultural leadership consultant Gabor Holch to present the worst and best practices and discover and solve China-HQ misalignments across diverse guiding values, industries and managerial levels.

We are also honoured to invite three senior business leaders to join the panel discussion. They are going to discuss their experiences in leading Chinese operations through past years.

Key takeaways

  • Discover China-HQ misalignments.
  • Devise intercultural leadership solutions across values, industries and managerial levels.
  • Learn from industry-specific cases from Gabor Holch and fellow participants.


  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Registration & networking
  • 3:30 pm – 3:35 pm: Welcome remarks & Introduction by Caribal Bao
  • 3:35 pm – 4:05 pm: Keynote speech
  • 4:05 pm – 4:30 pm: Panel discussion moderated by Jason Will
  • 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Closing Remarks, networking, event ends



In case of cancellation, please kindly note you must email the BritCham Shanghai Event staff before 3 pm, 23 July. Due to the service charges of Glueup and online payment platforms, we can only partially refund up to 90% of your ticket price and payment will be processed within 14 days after the event via your original payment method. However, it is non-refundable for a cancellation request made beyond the above-mentioned timeframe.

The speakers

Keynote Speaker
Gabor Holch
Founder of Campanile Management Consulting,
Intercultural Leadership Coach and Consultant
Karl Hudson
Regional Director – North Asia, Suttons Group
Thilo L. Zimmermann
General Manager, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) Shanghai Branch
Ian Anderson
Managing Director – Synthomer China
Caribal Bao
Co-Chair of HR Committee | Senior HR Manager, China, Hays
Jason Will
Country Manager – China (mainland), Asian Tigers


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Room 1108, South Tower, M Place, 333 Chengdu Bei Lu, Shanghai




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