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Shirley Young
Businesswoman Shirley Young

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Shirley Young Bio

Shirley Young is President of Shirley Young Associates, LLC, a business advisory company for companies interested in business development in the China market. She also serves as senior adviser to General Motors-Asia Pacific. From 1988 until December 31, 1999, she served as corporate Vice President of General Motors Corp involved in development of GM's $1.5 billion joint venture in Shanghai. Her most recent assignment as Vice President for China Strategic Development and Asia Pacific Counselor included operational responsibility for marketing, distribution and sales in China. Earlier, she served as Vice President for Consumer Market Development at General Motors' headquarters, working across the various marketing divisions of the company. Prior to that, she spent over 20 years at Grey Advertising working in a wide range of industries with many of the world's leading marketers.

In addition to her expertise in brand development and consumer marketing, Shirley Young has served on the Board of Directors of the Bank of America, Bell Atlantic/Verizon Corporation, Dayton-Hudson Corporation, Holiday Inn/Promus/Harrah's and the Bombay Company. She also served as Vice Chairman of the Nominating Committee of the New York Stock Exchange. Ms. Young was appointed to the President's Commission on Executive Exchange and was a member of the Business Advisory Council for the U.S. State Department Agency for International Development.

She is governor and founding Chairman of the Committee of 100, a national Chinese American leadership organization, and serves as Chairman of the Committee of 100 Cultural Institute whose objective is to bridge the cultural gap between the U.S. and China through the arts and education.

In China, Ms. Young is an honorary professor of Tsinghua University, Beijing; Tongji University, Shanghai; and Huazhong Technology University, Wuhan; and honorary trustee of Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. In the U.S., she is a trustee of Interlochen Center for the Arts and has served as a trustee of Wellesley College and on the Board of Directors of the Associates of the Harvard Business School, and Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, as well as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Committee of 200, an international organization of leading businesswomen.

Ms. Young has received many awards for outstanding efforts in marketing and advertising. She was named Advertising Woman of the Year by the American Advertising Federation and received the Women's Equity Action Award for Achievement in Advertising. In 1998, Northwood University named her Outstanding Business Leader. Catalyst magazine awarded her the Catalyst Award for Outstanding Corporate Director and the Chinese-American Planning Council named her Woman of the Year. She received a Director's Choice Award from the National Women's Economic Alliance.

Born May 25, 1935, in Shanghai, China, Ms. Young is a 1955 graduate of Wellesley College, Phi Beta Kappa, and is a recipient of the Wellesley College Alumna Achievement Award. She has three sons — David Hsieh, William Hsieh and Douglas Hsieh.

Shirley Young Contact Information
Shirley Young Associates, LLC
747 Third Avenue, 12th floor
New York, NY 10022

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