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Ruder Finn Makes Three Key Promotions in China Leadership Team
Gao Ming to head the National Luxury Practice
Tony Dong becomes General Manager of Ruder Finn Shanghai
Grace Liang promoted to General Manager of Ruder Finn Guangzhou

2015-09-15

China. Ruder Finn has promoted three key staff to major positions in the network. Gao Ming, who has been the General Manager of Ruder Finn Shanghai since 2008, has been promoted to head the National Luxury Practice. Tony Dong, who joined Ruder Finn in February, takes over the General Manager’s role in Shanghai. Grace Liang, who has been with Ruder Finn since 2003, has been promoted to General Manager of Ruder Finn Guangzhou. 

Gao Ming
General Manager, National Luxury Practice, China
Gao Ming, who joined Ruder Finn in 2005, has been instrumental in growing Ruder Finn luxury team to a formidable practice with more than 70 professionals which has achieved many firsts in the industry.  It is one of the largest and most respected luxury practices in the region’s PR industry. With its long-term experience, expertise and in-depth industry insight, the national team serves a wide range of clients encompassing fashion, beauty, watch & jewellery, wine & spirits, airlines, and premium lifestyle.  As an experienced crisis and issues management specialist, Gao Ming has also successfully guided clients through many crisis and issues communications projects, ranging from downsizing to market pullout, from consumer complaint to product recall, from trademark dispute to litigation support.  Gao Ming has a strong background in technology and expertise in interactive marketing, ePR and social media communications. Internet-savvy ahead of his time, he started blogging in 2004 and podcasting in 2009.
 
Ruder Finn’s Luxury practice has been growing exponentially year on year. Since 2009, Ruder Finn has published the annual China Luxury Forecast, which conducts in-depth analysis of consumer perceptions, spending behaviour and trends in Greater China. The report is often quoted in international media as a benchmark for the luxury industry in greater China.
 
Tony Dong
General Manager of Ruder Finn Shanghai
Tony joined Ruder Finn as Deputy General Manager, Shanghai early this year and very quickly demonstrated his outstanding business acumen and team leadership. Tony brings more than 19 years PR and media experience to Ruder Finn, providing strategic counsel and communication solutions to clients across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, technology, finance and consumer. He is also an expert in supporting clients during periods of issues & crises such as product recalls, labor disputes and industrial accidents. Prior to joining Ruder Finn, Tony was with Hill + Knowlton for eleven years, leading corporate, technology, financial communication, healthcare and digital practices in Shanghai. Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Fudan University and a Masters in Media and Communications Regulations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 
 
Grace Liang
General Manager, Ruder Finn Guangzhou
Grace joined Ruder Finn in 2003 as the leader of the South China Healthcare practice. With more than a decade experience in the PR industry, Grace provides strategic and comprehensive perspectives in corporate and marketing communications. Through Grace’s leadership skills and professionalism the Guangzhou office has strengthened its position as one of the leading PR agencies in South China. Grace has also played a major role in developing a key crisis preparedness system, crisis training, crisis manual and spokesperson training for many clients. From 2010 to 2014, with her expertise in C-Suite profiling, she led her team successfully in planning and executing major C-Suite visits to China. Prior to joining Ruder Finn, Grace was with Shunya Consulting, managing integrated PR campaigns for a number of mobile, healthcare and infant formula brands, where she gathered her initial experience in issue and crisis management. 
 
Elan Shou, Executive Vice President and Managing Director Ruder Finn Greater China, said: “I am very proud of these three individuals and delighted to announce their well-deserved promotions. The leadership skills, professionalism and experience of Gao Ming and Grace Liang have made them widely acknowledged as the best practitioners in their respective fields and regions. Their long term commitment is testament to Ruder Finn’s culture and career advancement opportunities. Tony is new blood but is already showing true leadership in Ruder Finn and will reinforce our corporate practice, bringing in new knowledge and knowhow. “
 
For further information, please contact:
 
Elan Shou, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Ruder Finn Greater China
Tel: +86 21 53831188  Mobile: +86-136 0178 5886  
 
Gao Ming, Senior Vice President & General Manager, National Luxury Practice, Ruder Finn China
Tel: +86-21 5383 1188  Mobile: + 86-13801786564
 
Tony Dong, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Ruder Finn Shanghai
Tel: +86-21 5383 1188  Mobile: +86-13801694059
 
Grace Liang, Vice President & General Manager, Ruder Finn Guangzhou
Tel: + 86-20 8349 5783Mobile: + 86-13922156056