Event Details

Panasonic entered China in 1978 as the first multinational corporation operating in China. Ever since then, China's economic growth has been coupled with a continuous influx of MNCs. While some MNCs have flourished, others have not seen success in the Chinese market. Thinking about a presence in China has also evolved from fairly extractive to a more "in China for China" approach. As China's role in the global economy has changed, so have some of the expectations for and pressures on MNCs in China. Operating at China speed and keeping apace in a place with such constant change is never dull.

Join us to discuss what we can learn from the success and failures of MNCs in China and to consider how to thrive in the current market environment. This gathering will involve lively conversation and a festive summer cocktail at the lovely Hella's House, which appropriately celebrates cross-cultural exchange.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


4:45 PM - 5 PM
5 PM - 7 PM
Cocktail party


  • Mattie Bekink (China Director of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Mattie Bekink

    China Director of The Economist Corporate Network

    Mattie Bekink is responsible for the Economist Corporate Network’s China strategy, including programme development and client servicing across China. She also provides support to all Economist Corporate Network programmes worldwide with a China component.

    Ms Bekink has extensive experience in the public, private and policy sectors. Prior to joining The Economist Group, she was the Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in the Netherlands. She also ran an eponymous consulting business, advising senior executives from businesses, universities and non-profit organisations on China policy, strategy, public affairs, and corporate social responsibility. Ms Bekink practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, has worked with the US-Asia Law Initiative at NYU Law School and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative China Program, and served in the legal department at General Motors China.

    Ms Bekink has a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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  • Jean Liu (Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at EF)

    Jean Liu

    Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at EF

    As the Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at EF, Jean leads the company’s corporate affairs function, including Government Relations, Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility.

    Prior to joining EF, Jean was heading IBM China’s marketing team for Cloud and for the technology services business. Before that, Jean was Vice President of Corporate Affairs for EDS Corporation. She also spent 5 years as the global vice president for brand management and advertising for AT&T and BT’s joint venture. Earlier in her career, she held management positions with public relations firm Burson-Marsteller and advertising agency D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B) .

    Liu holds a BA degree in Economics and Political Science from Wellesley College, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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  • Jennice Zhu (Vice President of Unilever North Asia/CFO)

    Jennice Zhu

    Vice President of Unilever North Asia/CFO

    Jennice joined the North Asia Cluster leadership team since Apr 2019, as VP finance.

    In her 20 years of Unilever working experience, she spent nearly 13 years in China, gaining solid financial and management experiences along with the strong business growth. She also worked in Singapore from 2006 to 2007 as the Business Engagement Manager, when she’s part of the team to establish the regional information office operated from Bangalore India. In late 2013, Jennice was promoted to Vice President, in charge of total Asia Supply Chain Finance, based out of Singapore. After three years, she’s moving to Vietnam and take over the country
    CFO role. Jennice joined Unilever as one of the first batch Management Trainees in China.

    She is holding the bachelor’s degree of Economics majoring in Accountancy, Fu Dan University China. She also further pursuit her EMBA from CEIBS (Chinese European International Business School) in 2012. She’s qualified as a chartered accountant, holding membership of both ACCA and CIMA.

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  • Chris Reitermann (Chief Executive, Asia & Greater China at Ogilvy)

    Chris Reitermann

    Chief Executive, Asia & Greater China at Ogilvy

    Chris is Chief Executive for The Ogilvy Group in Asia, with responsibilities for the strategic development and daily operations of the agency across 14 markets. He is a member of Ogilvy’s Worldwide Executive Leadership Board.

    In 2019, under Chris’s leadership, Ogilvy was named Campaign Creative and Digital Network of the Year in Asia. In 2017 he was named Asia Pacific Agency Head of the Year. Ogilvy was the first agency in China to win a Grand Prix in Cannes and has been consistently one of the most awarded agencies in Asia.

    Over the last two decades Chris has held several senior management positions in various offices within the Ogilvy Group, running local offices, regional and worldwide clients and regional units such as Ogilvy & Mather Advertising.

    Chris has been an active investor in the Chinese internet scene and sits on several advisory boards. He is currently an independent Board Member of Babytree (1761.HK) and an advisor to WGI (wgihq.org) an NGO focusing on international education.

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  • Edouard de Mézerac (Managing Partner at Artefact China & APAC)

    Edouard de Mézerac

    Managing Partner at Artefact China & APAC

    Awarded by Campaign Asia in 2020 with the prestigious “40 Under 40” (recognizing 40 people who are making a mark and are good bets to continue shaping marketing, media, and technology in Asia-Pacific), Edouard de Mézerac, Managing Partner at Artefact China & APAC is recognized in the top management communities for his perspective in data and digital. In the same year, he also helped Artefact in winning the 2020 Campaign Asia’s Agency of the Year Award for two Greater China categories: Gold award for Consultancy and Bronze award for Independent Agency.

    In less than 3 years, he has built Artefact China’s data and consulting operation from zero to now representing more than half of Artefact’s activity in Asia. He actively supports in their data and digital transformation journeys industry leaders such as LVMH group, Decathlon, SAIC, L’Oréal, Henkel, among others. Since the beginning of 2021, Edouard leads all the activities of the agency, and has re-organized and transformed the agency to be one of the best end-to-end data and digital service companies existing in China now.

    Edouard is a graduate of HEC Paris, and holds a Bachelor in History from La Sorbonne. He lives with his wife, a writer, and three kids in Shanghai.

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