John L. Holden, former president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and leading expert on China’s business sector, will join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a nonresident senior associate in the Asia Program.
While at Carnegie, Holden will focus on China-related governance and communication issues, and investment policy.
Holden most recently served as both managing director and senior counselor for Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Beijing.
Before that, he was founding chairman of Shaklee (China) Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Shaklee Corporation.
From 1998 to 2005, Holden served as president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, a member organization that has been at the forefront of bilateral relations since its founding in 1966.
For the twelve prior years, he was employed by Cargill, where he helped establish a wide range of businesses in China and was chairman of the China holding company. He has also served as chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China.
Holden received a master’s degree in Chinese language and literature from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature from the University of Minnesota.
Making the announcement, Carnegie Vice President for Studies Douglas H. Paal said: “John Holden has an extraordinary breadth of expertise and experience in China and East Asia. He has established a number of businesses during a total of twenty-five years in Taipei, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Kyoto. His understanding of U.S.-China relations and vast knowledge of China’s business sector and its place in the global economy will be of great benefit to our Asia Program.”