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China: How can you leverage its talent for your growth?

As the workforce is becoming more skilled across the country, there’s been a significant shift in talent on offer in the center and western regions. How can you capitalize on this trend?
Philip Woodburn, VP APAC Finance Shared Services, Schneider Electric

If you want to know what the best services delivery strategy for APAC is – and, specifically, what role China plays in the India-China-Philippines service delivery axis – well, it’s your lucky day!

Meet Schneider Electric’s VP APAC Finance Shared Services, Philip Woodburn, who is somewhat of a gem when it comes to Finance, Control, and Service Delivery across Asia. His 30-year career includes an accounting foundation that developed financial skills across different industry segments for global operations; he then managed Finance Control for Schneider Electric in Singapore and Indonesia; as Finance Director of Middle East operations, he was exposed to sales and manufacturing; back in Paris, he led the global SAP business design and implementation … culminating in what we consider the ‘cream of the crop’ in terms of jobs: developing Schneider Electric’s APAC Finance Shared Services from business case, through implementation, to running what’s now, after just three and a half years, a 500 people team deployed across India, China and the Philippines.

China has clout

China has emerged as a strategic market for most industries, as international business focus, spurred on by the 2008 financial crisis, moved from West to East. Whether its growth continues at 10%, or at 8%, we know China will impact world-wide demand for years to come; and the smartest of organizations are positioning themselves accordingly.

In this interview, Philip discusses how and where to leverage support services for Asian growth while supporting a global brand and operating in an international marketplace. He shares tips on deploying operations in China; choosing between Tier 1 and 2 cities; the emerging finance and services focus of the Eastern seaboard; and the parallel shift of service skills towards the center and West of the country.

In 2009, Schneider Electric plumped for a hub and spoke model for APAC Finance, anchored in India, China and the Philippines. But faced with changing demographics, cost inflation, and an upskilled workforce across Asia – would Philip choose the same path again? Find out in this interview.

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EVENTS OF INTEREST

United States
February 25 - 27, 2018
The Peninsula Manila, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
March 18 - 21, 2018