James McGregor has been appointed chairman for the Greater China region at APCO Worldwide.
In addition to McGregor’s appointment, Jennifer Hart was promoted to
deputy managing director of the Beijing office. Hart joined APCO in 2001
and specialises in corporate communication, positioning, and issues and
McGregor is the author of the bestselling book One Billion
Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China and
No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers: The Challenges of Chinese Authoritarian
McGregor has more than 25 years of business experience in China, including: chief executive officer of Dow Jones China where he built the company’s media business; Taiwan bureau chief from 1987 to 1990 and China bureau chief from 1990 to 1994 for The Wall Street Journal.
He also served as a reporter in the Washington bureau of Knight-Ridder newspapers during the Reagan administration. McGregor joined APCO in 2009 and has provided strategic counsel to some of APCO’s key clients in the region.
Commenting, APCO founder and CEO, Margery Kraus, said: “I am pleased that Jim is taking on this new role as chairman for the Greater China region. His invaluable market knowledge is such an asset to our growing client base, and his leadership and insights will help us continue to enhance our offering in the market.
McGregor said: “This is an especially exciting time for the Chinese economy and the types of services and counsel APCO provides are critical for companies today to prosper in the Chinese market and for Chinese enterprises to expand overseas. I look forward to continuing to develop APCO’s business in the region for the future.”
Hart spent the first eight years of her APCO career based in Beijing, counseling multinational companies on stakeholder engagement, investment and policy issues in Asia. She is an active member of APCO’s global corporate responsibility team, assisting clients with community engagement strategies, and an expert in crisis management and media relations.
“I also have great pride that Jennifer is assuming the role of deputy
managing director in Beijing. Her client counsel, market knowledge,
staff management and entrepreneurial spirit will help continue the
excellent client service and growth of the team in Beijing,” said Kraus.
Hart added: “I am thrilled to take on this new responsibility at APCO and continue to work with the talented team in Beijing to deliver superior service and results for our clients. It is great to work at a company with such incredible opportunities for professional growth.”