Campus: CSU Hayward -- October 04, 2002

Careers Take Off for First Beijing Graduates Of Cal State Hayward's Executive MBA Program

The first graduating class of the California State University, Hayward executive MBA program in Beijing was honored at a recognition ceremony in China Sept. 7. While celebrating, the graduates described how their careers have taken off since completing their degrees.

“They’ve become CEOs, CFOs, general managers and even business partners with each other,” said Nancy Mangold, the Cal State Hayward business professor who directs the Beijing executive MBA program. “They’ve got headhunters offering them positions they never dreamed of.”

For the 29 Beijing executives, the Sept. 7 event marked the culmination of study for a program that began in September 1999 when the executive MBA course was launched in a ceremony at the People’s Great Hall in Beijing.

“You are the pioneers for the Beijing MBA students to come,” CSUH President Norma Rees told the graduates. “Your skills not only equip you to lead businesses in China, but also to face the challenges of a global economy.”

“Our university’s goal is to develop students equipped with skills for a lifetime of learning,” added Frank Martino, CSUH provost and vice president for Academic

Affairs. “This also means that we want you see us as a resource you can always call on.”
The ceremony was held at the city’s Swissôtel and featured addresses by leaders of Beijing’s business community.

Matthew Leehun Lee, vice president of First Data International, North Asia, and a member of the CSUH executive MBA advisory board in Beijing, told the graduates to consider “your classmates the core of your future support.”

“You have a relationship as best friends as well as business leaders,” Lee said. “Together, you have already done great things for this country’s education.”

“I was asked to speak to you today and share the wisdom of my experience,” said executive MBA advisory board member Willie Fung, who is senior vice president and general manager of MasterCard, Greater China. “Instead, I feel as if I should have brought my resumé.
“You are the best, the brightest and most dedicated to succeed of any MBA graduates in China.”

Another advisory board member, Jia-Bing Duh, vice president of Cisco Systems and president of Cisco Systems, China, told the graduates how impressed he was with how far they had come.
“I was present at the launch of this program three years ago,” Duh said. “Little did we know then that China would be hosting the 2008 Olympics, join the World Trade Organization or host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum. You have the skills to help China deal with these developments and how they’ll change the way we live and learn.”

Although the graduation celebration was held Sept. 7, members of the executive MBA class began completing their master’s degrees earlier, and one group attended commencement ceremonies at Cal State Hayward in June 2001. All 29 had received their degrees by June 2002, and the group includes:

  • Lin Cao, executive vice president, Beijing Haishunde Catalyst Co. Ltd.;
  • Hans Chen, CFO, China Second Construction and Engineering Corp.;
  • Ye Jin, vice chairman of the board and executive director, Beijing Hua Qi Taxi Corp.;
  • Julia Li, director of order fulfillment management, eAnywhere Technology, Inc.;
  • Blair Liang, general manager, Beijing Clair Liu, marketing manager, American Airlines China;
  • Jenny Liu, CEO, International Trade Cooperation Network, Co., Beijing Capital Group;
  • Lucinda Liu, general manager, Strategic Alliance Department, China Netcom;
  • Richard Liu, chief operating officer, Jilin Provincial Textile Group Corp.;
  • Sophie Long, former general manager, Qingniao, Reuters China;
  • Daben Mao, general manager, Jingmu Exhibition Company;
  • David Shi, sales director, Siemens Business Communications Systems;
  • Wendy Wang, general manager, Acorp Gucheng M&E Engineering Co.;
  • Johnson Wen, director of business development, Qualcomm Wireless China;
  • Robert Zhang, president, Gohigh Investment Consulting Corp.;
  • Reecy Xiang, finance director, Philips - Datang TD-SCDMA UE R&D Cooperation Center;
  • Yi Yao, vice director and chief engineer, China Power Engineering Consulting Co.;
  • Yuan Jin, managing partner, Beijing Corpco Technology Development Co.;
  • Rosa Zhang, finance director, Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Contact: Kim Huggett, Director of Public Affairs, (510) 885-2032

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