Cheung Kong China-Korea CEO Dialogue Brings Top CEOs to Shenzhen
May 18, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Education NewsBeijing, May 18, 2007 - The Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business China-Korea CEO Dialogue successfully brought together dozens of top CEOs from China and Korea for three intense days of learning and networking in Shenzhen from May 11 to May 13.
35 South Korean CEOs represented over 20 industries including Korean International Trade Association Chairman Hee-Beom Lee (former Minister of Commerce and Energy£©, Maeil Business Newspaper Chairman Dae Whan Chang, LG International Vice Chairman Bon Joon Koo, and Daishin Securities Co., Ltd Chairman Auh Ryung Lee.
Attending CEOs from China's leading state-owned and private companies included Shi Zhengrong, CEO, Suntech Power, Tan Zhi, CEO, Focus Media, Sun Tongyu, General Manager, Taobao.com, and Ren Hongbin, President, China National Machinery Industry Corporation.
Throughout the dialogue, participating CEOs emphasized the role business can play as an agent for social good, noting that corporations must focus on larger ethical and environmental goals, rather than just profits. A second recurring conference theme was the call for more cooperation and integration among Northeast Asian countries and businesses. Participants called for closer transportation and communication links between China, Korea, and Japan, pointing out that business can perhaps play an even more instrumental role than governments to integrate the three nations.
The first two days of the Korean CEO Program, preceding the China-Korean CEO Dialogue, featured Cheung Kong GSB Dean Xiang Bing speaking on the coming renaissance for business in Northeast Asia, pointing out that China, Korea, and Japan now account for 20% of global GDP, overtaking the US at 18%. Celebrated Confucian scholar Tu Weiming noted how the "can do" spirit of Korea contrasts with the "team oriented" approach of Japan, and the "fragmented" nature of China, but concluded that the common Northeast Asian spiritual foundation can bring together the various strengths of the three countries for the next wave in business.
Over the course of the program, participating CEOs brought body and mind into play, enjoying two rounds of golf, including a China-Korea golf competition with two Koreans executives paired into foursomes with two Chinese executives.
The innovative nature of the China-Korea CEO Dialogue and participation from some of the most prominent business leaders from China and Korea is a further testament to the ways in which Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business is breaking new ground and providing an invaluable platform for dialogue concerning global business and China.
About the China-Korea CEO Dialogue
Launched in 2007, the Cheung Kong China-Korea CEO Dialogue is a series of modules tailored to the specific issues faced by top Chinese and Korean CEOs. The program brings dozens of Chinese and Korean CEOs together for courses taught by distinguished faculty from the two universities and for discussions led by program participants.
About Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
Founded in Beijing in November 2002 with backing from the Foundation of global top-10 billionaire Mr. Li Ka-shing, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business generates world-class insight on management theory and practice, and develops world-class business leaders for China and beyond. Headquartered in Beijing with campuses in Shanghai and Guangzhou, CKGSB offers MBA, EMBA, and Executive Development (EDP) Programs.