Bill Russo (Founder & CEO of Automobility Limited & Automotive Committee Chair)

Bill Russo

Founder & CEO of Automobility Limited & Automotive Committee Chair

Bill Russo is the Shanghai-based founder and CEO of Automobility Limited, a strategy and investment advisory firm helping its clients to create the future of mobility. His over 35 years of experience include 15 years as an automotive executive in China and Asia and nearly 12 years in the electronics and information technology industries. He has worked as an advisor and consultant for numerous multinational and local Chinese firms in the formulation and implementation of their global market and product strategies. Bill is also currently serving as the chair of the Automotive Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. In his current role, Bill advises startups, corporations and investors on how to maximize their participation in China’s Automobility Revolution. Bill was previously the regional head of Chrysler in North East Asia.

Sam Wu (President and CEO, Ford China of Ford Motor (China), Ltd.)

Sam Wu

President and CEO, Ford China of Ford Motor (China), Ltd.

Sam Wu is appointed as the President and CEO of Ford China on March 1,
2023. He reports directly to Jim Farley, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, and has been
elected as a company officer.
Sam joined Ford Motor Company in 2022, as the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer
of Ford China. In these roles, he managed engineering, manufacturing, quality and purchasing
for Ford China and oversees the company’s in-country commercial vehicle division.
Sam joined Ford China after holding leadership roles in Asia for several major global companies
across a range of industries, including President, Asia Pacific, and a member of the global
executive committee for Whirlpool Corp; President and CEO of Osram’s Asia-Pacific business;
Vice President and Regional General Manager for Honeywell Process Solutions in Greater China.
Sam’s career also includes a tenure with General Electric in senior level positions.
Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in Thermal Energy Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing
and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Information Management, respectively,
from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Keller Graduate School of Management of
DeVry University.

Simon Yang (President at Aptiv Asia Pacific)

Simon Yang

President at Aptiv Asia Pacific

Dr. Yang is the president of Asia Pacific of Aptiv. He works alongside the regional executive team on cross divisional initiativ es and leads the stewardship of Aptiv’s relationships with government and senior customer contacts.

Aptiv started operations in China since 1993, and has established 21 manufacturing facilities and 4 technical centers across China, with more than 40,000 employees. Annual sales revenue in China reached US$4B in 2021.

Dr. Yang started his career with General Motors in 1995 in Warren, Ohio and relocated to China in 2003 to start up connection sy stems operations in Asia. In 2008, he was appointed Managing Director for Delphi Connection Systems in Asia, driving substantial business growth from 2 004 to 2021 and playing a key role in multiple acquisitions with highly successful integration. In 2014, Simon was appointed Delphi China President, di rec ting the overall business in China. In December 2017, with the successful completion of Powertrain Division spin off, Delphi officially became Aptiv. Simon b ecame the president of Aptiv Asia Pacific in January 2018.

Mr. Yang earned his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Master of Material Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University in China. He received his Master and Ph.D. of Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Simon also completed the Sen ior Executive Program of Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. He has published 11 research papers in several USA and European science and tec hnology journals.

Zhen Wu (President China at Magna International Inc.)

Zhen Wu

President China at Magna International Inc.

On May 31, 2023, Zhen Wu was appointed as the President of Magna’s China operations, with overall responsibility for strategy development and execution in China. Zhen joined Magna in 2010. Shortly afterwards, she was promoted as Vice President of Legal Affairs Asia. She was promoted as Head of Magna China in 2021. With a keen understanding of technology iteration and business evolution, Zhen has been driving and strengthening collaboration and synergy across Magna's groups and divisions to introduce innovative products and business models for the Chinese market and consumer needs.

Magna is one of the world’s largest suppliers in the automotive space. It is a mobility technology company built to innovate, with a global, entrepreneurial-minded team of over 174,000 employees across 351 manufacturing operations and 103 product development, engineering and sales centres spanning 30 countries.

Sng Yih (President, China at Autoliv)

Sng Yih

President, China at Autoliv

Sng Yih is the China division president and member of the global executive management team for Autoliv, the world leading Automotive Safety Systems supplier. 25 years experience in the automotive industry, Sng Yih spent the last 18 years in China, initially in Beijing and for the last 11 years, in Shanghai. He had previously led the Clean Air business for Tenneco and the E-Systems business for Lear Corp in Asia Pacific. Sng Yih and his team in Autoliv is focus on China solutions for China customers, with a strong focus on speed, quality and innovation.

Kenneth Jarrett (Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group)

Kenneth Jarrett

Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group

Kenneth Jarrett is a Senior Advisor at ASG, where he draws on decades of business and diplomatic experience in China and across East Asia to provide perspective and advice to businesses, investors, and other organizations with interest in the region.

Most recently, Mr. Jarrett spent five years as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Under his leadership, the Chamber helped hundreds of companies establish and grow their networks in China and navigate operational and regulatory challenges.

Previously, Mr. Jarrett was a distinguished diplomat whose positions included service as Consul General in Shanghai, and as Deputy Consul General in Hong Kong. His 26-year foreign service career also included postings in Beijing, Chengdu, and Singapore. His government roles in Washington, D.C, included serving as Director of Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council. Following his government service, Mr. Jarrett served as Chairman of Greater China for APCO Worldwide.

Mr. Jarrett is a frequent commentator on the business environment in China, and he has been quoted in outlets including Bloomberg, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

He is the recipient of the Magnolia Award (Silver) from the Shanghai government and is a member of the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations.

Mr. Jarrett earned an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University and an M.A. in National Security Studies from the National War College. He received a B.A. in History from Cornell University. He speaks Mandarin Chinese.

He is based in Shanghai, China.

Boni Sa (Director, Automotive Planning Solution of S&P Global Mobility Automotive)

Boni Sa

Director, Automotive Planning Solution of S&P Global Mobility Automotive

Boni Sa serves as the director for S&P Global Mobility Automotive Planning Solution. Mr. Sa has more than 15 years’ experience on the automotive industry consulting business. His expertise covers automotive industry analysis, strategy planning and forecast, powertrain and NEV market strategy, overseas market entry, automotive technology development, mobility service, etc. Mr. Sa joined IHS since 2009. He also worked for a global automotive supplier on global electrification strategy development. He has a bachelor degree from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Junna Shi (Parnter at McKinsey)

Junna Shi

Parnter at McKinsey

12 years working for McKinsey, Junna advised local consumer and retailer players to transform their businesses by driving profitable growth in China and delivering successful global expansion. She also works with world's largest MNCs to drive their performance in Asia. In addition, Junna helped investment institutions to identify opportunities to invest in consumer & retail domain, while enabling companies’ growth with in-organic growth engine.
Junna works with a broad set of consumer companies with focus on beauty, fashion, apparel & luxury, consumer health, as well as investors. Her primary expertise domain remains growth strategy, marketing & sales, globalization and M&A. With prior experience serving local government and regulators, Junna also has expertise in regional economic planning and development, which helped multiple companies to navigate through the local market footprint prioritization, customer trends identification and holistic China operating model.
Recent project experience:
Helped a global luxury player assess the attractiveness and readiness of Hainan FTP and drive for mid and long terms business implications
Helped a global luxury player to understand growth prospect and the underlying driving forces of the APAC luxury market with a specific focus on the China high-net-worth individual segments
Helped a global leading athleisure company to holistically assess current business performance and associated risks (e-commerce, in particular) and to design a 3-year strategy and implementation plan
Supported a global luxury player assess and navigate through the WFJ competitive landscape and channel models in China
Enabled a Chinese leading PE on its investment themes refresh and identify short term investment opportunities in APAC

Don Williams (Partner at Hoganlovells)

Don Williams

Partner at Hoganlovells

Don Williams specialises in private equity and venture capital matters, regularly advising funds on technology-related M&A deals. Mr. Williams has represented private and public companies across many industries over the years, including Alibaba, Alipay, Bridge Pharmaceuticals, Cisco Systems, Sigma Designs, and many more. Today, Don's practice encompasses a broad range of clients and provides general corporate and transactional advice in the PRC and elsewhere around the world. Don is recognized as one of the top China-based private equity/venture capital lawyers by Chambers Asia-Pacific (2009 through 2021). Don has also been recognized by Legal 500 and was awarded a "China Top 15 M&A Lawyer" ranking by Asian Legal Business in 2019.