With China being the world's largest automotive market and the industry's key battleground, the stakes have never been higher. China's automotive industry has undergone a rapid transformation in recent years, powered by the country's booming middle class and government support for electric vehicles. China's auto sales topped 25 million units in 2021, with electric vehicles accounting for more than 40% of new car sales. At the same time, the industry faces a range of challenges, from the global semiconductor shortage to increasing competition from new players and changing consumer preferences.
Join us for a thought-provoking and informative discussion on the opportunities and challenges of China's automotive industry, and gain valuable insights into what lies ahead. From supply chain disruptions to the impact of new technologies and policies, we'll delve into the issues that are shaping the future of the industry with industrial experts and business leaders. Please bring your own insights to the table for what is sure to be a lively conversation.
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Executive Vice President; President ZF China & Operation Asia-Pacific ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Ms. Renee Wang is currently the President of ZF China and Executive Vice President of Operations in the Asia-Pacific region of ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Ms. Wang possesses over 20 years’ experience working in the automotive related industry. She worked as the supervisor of financial and business analysis as well as financial controller at different business units of General Motors, and was the Finance Director for Asia Pacific and Operation Director for ASEAN, Japan and Korea at TRW Automotive. Ms. Wang joined ZF Friedrichshafen AG in 2016, and served as the Senior Vice President, CFO of Asia Pacific, and Operation Director for ASEAN, Japan and Korea for A, R, U Divisions for the group.
Renee graduated from East China Normal University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sciences and obtained her MBA from Victoria University of Wellington. Renee is also a member of CPA Australia and CIMA.
Alex Xie is a Managing Director and Partner of Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He is a core leader of the Industrial Goods practice and its Auto & Mobility sector. With more than 15 years of consulting experience, he is an expert in corporate strategy, transformation, business model innovation and M&A of automotive companies.
He accumulates rich experience in smart cars, and his recent projects include—helped one of the world's largest automobile groups develop and implement smart mobility strategy for Chinese market; formulated 2025 innovation strategy for a domestic top-three joint-venture auto company, focusing on Internet of vehicles, autonomous driving, shared ride and new energy; helped a domestic leading joint-venture auto company develop technology roadmap and product strategy related to assisted driving; helped one of the world's largest OEMs set up and operate new business incubators in China, covering Internet of vehicles, autonomous driving solutions, hardware and software, high-precision maps, etc; developed the business development strategy of intelligent logistics for a leading local commercial vehicle and auto parts manufacturer; helped the world's leading auto parts companies design strategic business planning related to autonomous driving and seek hardware and software partners and acquisition opportunities.
Mr. Xie received his MBA degree from the University of Michigan in the United States, and a Bachelor of Law degree from Shanghai International Studies University in China. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Managing Director of Vector Automotive Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. China
Dr. Rixin Zhang is Managing Director of Vector Automotive Technology China. He is currently leading Vector’s Business in Greater China. Vector is the leading supplier of software tools and embedded components for the development of electronic systems and networking with headquarter in Stuttgart, Germany.
Dr. Zhang has 15 years working experiences both in technical and management tracks. He has in-depth knowledge in automotive electronics and E/E system valuable chain, especially in embedded area. His career began with software development when working as software developer in Vector Germany. Later he was committed to business development, technical consulting helping Chinese OEMS and Tier1s in Electric/Electronic System Design using Vector tools. Now he is in charge the overall Chinese market leading 200 persons local team, of which most of members are engineers. His professional areas mainly include automotive embedded software and system, software product development and China market strategy.
Rixin earned Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, and Master Degree in business management at University of Leeds, UK. Before that, he studied at Zhejiang University, China.
Mr. Mross is Deputy General Manager & CFO of KOSTAL Asia.
In his responsibilities, he oversees finance, controlling, IT and purchasing, which also includes the Asian Purchase Center for the KOSTAL Group.
Mr. Mross has been associated with KOSTAL in different regions for almost three decades. After completing his studies in economics and information technology, he began his career in the headquarters’ controlling department. After several positions in the commercial area, he took up his position as CFO at KOSTAL Asia in 2012. Since then, he has built up KOSTAL Shanghai as the RHQ and SSC and supported in the establishment of several new locations and legal entities in Asia. Under his supervision, KOSTAL Asia has grown to around 4500 employees and more than 10 Billion RMB in revenues.
The KOSTAL group is an independent family business with a global footprint, serving customers with electronic and mechatronic products. KOSTAL Asia develops, produces and sells mechatronic products for e-mobility and HMI concepts at more than 10 locations. The company is not limited to its regional market, but also has a high export share to other regions.
Shanghai Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network
Weisi Xie is the Shanghai Director at the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network (EICN), and is responsible for engaging with top executives in the region on key economic and political issues as well as industry-specific analysis to support their businesses in the dynamic Chinese market.
Mr. Xie served as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University before joining EICN. As a trained trade economist, his teaching and research mainly focused on the fields of international trade, industrial economics and economic development, with a particular emphasis on China’s economy in a global perspective. He also possesses extensive expertise in the non-profit sector through work experience with think tanks and international organizations, including the Shanghai Institute for National Economy and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he contributed to multiple government counseling projects and policy studies. His work has appeared in leading academic journals as well as major economic policy publications.
Mr. Xie has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a B.A. in International Business from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.