AmCham Shanghai Suzhou Center kindly invites you to join in Suzhou GM Networking: Enhancing Cooperation and Dialogue between Chinese Teams and Their Overseas Headquarters, on November 28, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at W Hotel Suzhou.

*Note: This event is open only to companies' general managers and above.

Prior to the change to today's global business environment, US and multinational corporations saw remarkable growth and expansion in China with many organizations fully supported and empowered by their overseas headquarters. In today's world, leaders in China are finding communication and influence with headquarters to be a leadership challenge to fulfill their business targets.

This event serves as a platform for industry leaders, executives, and professionals to share insights, best practices, and success stories related to international influence and cooperation. By addressing the challenges and opportunities in managing the relationships between teams in China and their overseas counterparts, this event empowers businesses to thrive in an increasingly challenging global marketplace.

What Points are Covered:

  • Shifts in reporting line strategy pre, during and after (APAC, Greater China)
  • The impact of recent changes on local leadership reporting to HQ
  • Bridging the strategy and communication gaps between China and overseas stakeholders
  • Strategies to build confidence in China & overseas relationships

What to Expect from the Session:

Valuable insights and strategies for navigating trans-national business environments, global collaboration, building investment in China opportunities, and managing multinational projects effectively.

Who Should Attend:

Leaders bridging the local strategy and overseas stakeholders.


1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Roundtable Sharing
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Tea break
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Roundtable Sharing
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Q&A and Networking


  • John Dorris (Founder and the Chief Cultural Officer of Sino Associates at Sino Associates)

    John Dorris

    Founder and the Chief Cultural Officer of Sino Associates at Sino Associates

    John is a Founder and the Chief Cultural Officer of Sino Associates with more than 22 years of training, coaching, and facilitation experience in Asia, including 20 years of leadership development experience in China. John has developed tens of thousands of professionals in leadership practices across Asia and North America with a focus on Global Leadership and coaching leaders transitioning to new roles.
    His Global Leadership courses prepare leaders to create impact and drive results on international teams and leverage proprietary tools such Sino’s VAE and 3A. He has worked with supervisor to executive level leaders from every corner of the world to be more effective and strategic in multinational organizations.
    John brings a wealth of knowledge to his clients through his rich international background having lived and worked in nine countries. Beyond to providing services to corporate clients, John has served as an APEC speaker on global balance in business and as an adjunct professor on the topics of leadership and coaching.
    John is certified in 12 standard cross-cultural tools including assessments and training courses covering all major academic and business settings. His signature workshop on Diversity and Inclusion has been highly praised by fortune 100 companies, embassies and consulates across Asia.

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  • Erik Barnes (Senior Consultant)

    Erik Barnes

    Senior Consultant

    After finishing his MBA in 2003 Erik Barnes found his passion in all aspects of people development. As a consultant he worked with assessment, coaching and training clients in a variety of Fortune 500 clients. Starting in 2006 Erik joined Microsoft’s Sales Readiness team where for eight years helped develop and deliver training for sales and marketing staff in the Greater China Region. During this time, he delivered a variety of in-class and virtual trainings for teams in the region and around the world.
    Following this Erik was once again involved in the people development consulting during which he designed and delivered courses for clients in industries as diverse as FMCG, automotive, IT and financial services. Erik has taught workshops in Europe, the US as well as around Asia.
    Erik’s most recent return to the corporate world was a senior manager at a Big Four firm. For three years Erik helped to design and deliver content as a faculty for the PwC You Plus program. He did this for both B2C and B2B corporate clients. As he was there from the beginning, Erik was involved in many aspects of the marketing and content development as it transformed into a trend setting program.
    Erik delivers in English, Chinese or bilingual as to client’s needs. His training delivery style is active, engaging and professional.

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Member Ticket (GM Only)
Member Price Complimentary
Non-member Ticket (GM Only)
Standard Price Complimentary


W Suzhou

Building 7, Suzhou Center Plaza, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, China

Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

If you have any questions please contact Ailva Tan

Contact Organizer


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