Meet Savio, Former Alibaba President & COO, who has saved the company from the verge of closure with Jack Ma, and grew it from a start-up to an e-commece giant.
Savio Kwan was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Alibaba Group from 2001 to 2003 and served as Chief People Office for the year 2004 before stepping down from full-time executive duties and was formerly the Independent Non Executive Director at Alibaba.com since 2008, the listed B2B unit of Alibaba Group, until the company has been privatized in June 2012. In 2015, Kwan joined Alibaba HK Entrepreneurs Fund Board as Non Executive Director. Kwan, has 30 years of global management experience, including seventeen years at General Electric and four years as the Managing Director of the China operations of BTR plc, a UK-based Fortune 500 company. Kwan also served as a board member of the Asia Pacific Advisory Board of York International, a leading global air conditioning system provider and a unit of Johnson Control listed in the New York Stock Exchange.
At BTR, Kwan was Managing Director for the China operations of 8 manufacturing subsidiaries with some US$150M sales which he built through merger and acquisitions in the space of under three years. In 2005 Kwan co-founded A & K Consulting with Malcolm Au and serves in the capacity of Partner and CEO. He is also a Visiting Executive Professor of Henley Business School, a unit of Reading University in the UK. In September 2017 Kwan was awarded an Honorary Doctor Of Business Administration by Reading University, Henley Business School. Kwan also won the Alumni Achievement Award of the London Business School in 2011. In December 2018 Kwan joined the Governing Body of the London Business School. In January 2014 Kwan joined the main board of British American Tobacco Group as Non Executive Director.
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Special thanks to Cindy Chow, Executive Director of Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, for nominating Savio!