Cynthia CarrollNovember 2006: Cynthia Carroll, former President of Alcan Primary Metal Group, has become CEO of Anglo American on March 1, 2007.  She will join the Anglo American Board in mid January 2007.  Cynthia is a member of the International Forum and has participated in the Forum in Belgium(1998) Japan (1999) and China (2004).




 October 2005: Jim McGregor, guest resource of The International Forum and formerly Chief Representative for Dow Jones in China and Vice President in Dow Jones International Group, has just published a new book: One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Line of Doing Business in China.  

Reviewers wrote: The promise and perils-mostly the latter-that Western businesses face in China's huge but chaotic market are probed in this illuminating if not quite reassuring primer. Ex-Wall Street Journal China bureau chief McGregor presents a series of case studies from capitalism's Wild East, including a rocky joint venture between Morgan Stanley and a Chinese bank; the rise and fall of a Chinese peasant turned billionaire smuggler; Rupert Murdoch's travails in bringing a satellite TV network to China; and a muck-raking Chinese financial journalist's battles with both government censorship and the private media's cozy relationships with advertisers. He caps each chapter with gleanings of wisdom ("assume your procurement department is corrupt until proven innocent") and pointers on such topics as which bribes are ethically acceptable (expenses-paid junkets to America "with generous opportunities for tourism and relaxation") and which are not (suitcases full of cash). McGregor writes with the confidence of an old China hand, occasionally lapsing into generalities about Asian "shame-based" cultures, but generally treating the Chinese businesspeople he profiles with the same sympathy and insight he accords Westerners. Still, the picture he paints of the Chinese economy is a daunting one, ruled by over-mighty Communist officials, bribe-hungry bureaucrats, Byzantine regulations and a murky, cut-throat business culture structured by personal and family ties. Westerners contemplating a plunge into this shark tank will profit from McGregor's cautionary tales.



August 2005: Ambassador Joseph Caron, guest resource of The International Forum in China is appointed Canadian Ambassador to Japan after serving as Ambassador to the People's Republic of China with dual accreditation to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and to Mongolia from 2001-2005.





May 2005:  Rachel DeWoskin, guest resource of The International Forum and daughter of Ken DeWoskin (faculty and facilitator of The International Forum since 1994) has just published her book: Foreign Babes in Beijing about her years living and working in China at the end of the 1990's.  Not only wildly entertaining, but also very well written, this account reveals the ordinariness behind some of the mystique we "foreigners" have created around Chinese culture.  It is a very helpful and fun resource for anyone working or living in China today.


Reviewers wrote: DeWoskin moved to Beijing in 1989, shortly after the military squashed the democracy movement in Tiananmen Square, but just as China's younger population began embracing Western ideologies and commodities. This entertaining romp through her five-plus years in Beijing details her life as a PR consultant—and as the star of the wildly popular Chinese nighttime television drama Foreign Babes in Beijing. After getting the gig on a lark, DeWoskin became known, sometimes even in her real life, as the character Jiexi, an American who falls in love with a married Chinese man, in the 20-episode drama, which aired to an estimated 600 million viewers. Her memoir weaves humorous tales of Sino-U.S. culture clashes both on and off the set with astute observations of the two cultures, as well as a significant amount of Chinese history. Though she admits frequently to being homesick for New York, DeWoskin feels for the loss of more traditional Chinese culture: "Consumerism became a religion; companies arrived like missionaries... seducing the average Zhou Schmoe with products he had never known he needed." Hers is the ultimate insider's view, living witness to the philosophical and practical aspects of a traditional and repressed society's tumultuous confrontation with liberated, energetic, and economically dynamic Western influences.         Exhibiting sensitivity and uncommon wisdom, DeWoskin delivers a candid and valuable portrait of a China few Westerners get to see.




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