Jean’s career philosophy is simple, but nuanced- getting ahead takes talent, hard work, and good timing. But there are more nuances to these qualities than one might see at first glance.
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Jean Liu

Jean’s career philosophy is simple, but nuanced- getting ahead takes talent, hard work, and good timing. But there are more nuances to these qualities than one might see at first glance. Talent often only comes out when you have the right position or the right team. Hard work is a given, but helping others with their tasks is the real measure of a worker. And timing is a matter of luck- but also a matter of a willingness to take risks. Watch the interview to find out how Jean realized all of these in her career- and her advice for mainland and returning professionals trying to make it in today’s China.

Jean is the Marketing and Strategy leader for IBM Global Technology Services (GTS), Great China Group. She is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day executions of the GTS’ marketing and communications program across China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. She works closely with the General Manager and the Growth Market Unit (GMU)as well as Greater China Group (GCG) strategy team to formulate overall business strategy for GTS in GCG.

Prior to joining IBM, Jean was Vice President of Corporate Affairs for EDS Asia. In this position, she built and lead the government affairs function in China and was part of a SWAT team with the inorganic business development mission. Reporting to the Chairman’s office, she worked on the company’s China outsourcing strategy, participated in global delivery center’s selection and negotiation, M&A activities and marketing. Prior to her assignment to China, Jean was Vice President of Marketing and Communications for EDS Asia, based in Hong Kong.


Driving Your Career

Exploring 21st Century best practices to help you better manage your career and execute more effective job searches in today's rapidly changing marketplace. Interviews with experts such as career coaches, corporate hiring authorities, executive recruiters, consultants at B-School career management centers, and senior executives who have successfully navigated their careers.


Host: Peter Hill - Principal Consultant, P.H.I. Consulting

Peter Hill is Principal Consultant of P.H.I. Consulting, a boutique career and job search advisory group that has been serving mid- to senior executives in the Asia Pacific and globally since 1999. The Global Times, and increasingly his base of clients in more than 20 countries, recognize him as “The Career Doctor.”
Peter is a Certified Five O’Clock Club Career Coach, dually certified and three-time TORI award-winning résumé writer, and contributor to more than 10 career guidance books in the US and Australia. The China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University retain Peter as Visiting Lecturer. He is also a frequently invited guest speaker on career management topics and has lived and worked in Shanghai, China for 10 years and previously in Nagoya, Japan for 6 years.


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