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The focus of the Automotive Committee  is to provide a platform to support China-invested member companies that manufacture on- and off-highway vehicles and vehicle components or provide services relevant to the on and off-highway vehicle industry. The Committee focuses on issues which affect the development of the automotive industry in China by providing a forum where members can build their industry contacts, gain industry knowledge and share information about relevant regulations. Topics of discussion include government regulations, automotive best practices and key industry developments.


Chair Russell Scoular, Regional Director
Ford Motor (China), Ltd.

Russell is Regional Director, Governmental Affairs, Asia Pacific and Africa, for the Ford Motor Company. He is located in Shanghai China. He took up this position in August 2011 and has extensive governmental affairs and public policy responsibilities in a number of key regional markets. Prior to this assignment, he was Governmental Affairs Director at Ford Australia.  He was also a member of Ford Australia's Operating Committee (executive management committee).  He was responsible for all government and public policy issues affecting the company at federal, state and local level, including automotive, tax, environmental, trade and investment policy, for 11 years. He has graduated with a Master’s in Public Policy & Management degree at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Vice Chair Franz Ivo Naumann, Managing Director,
AlixPartners (Shanghai) Business Advisory Services Ltd.

Ivo is a seasoned international consultant and manager, and has worked with companies and clients in Asia, Europe and the US. He is an expert in advising strategic and financial investors in Asia with deep operational and financial experience gained through more than 14 years of living and working in China and Japan. His primary experience is in the area of operational improvement and investment analysis as well as turnaround programs. Ivo has a distinguished record of achieving high-impact performance improvements for companies in Asia.While at AlixPartners, Ivo has led many highly complex client engagements at companies in a variety of industries, including automotive, consumer goods and retail, pharmaceuticals and industrial goods.

Vice Chair

Cary Bean, President,
Eagle Ottawa China, Ltd.

Cary is president of Asia Pacific and executive vice president of global business development at Eagle Ottawa China, Ltd. Cary represents Eagle Ottawa LLC as its executive representative in the Asia/Pacific Region and is responsible for global strategic marketing, innovation and business development functions. Formerly, Cary was the president of Eagle Ottawa China Ltd. where he was responsible for bringing Eagle Ottawa to China, and launching its three plants. Prior to joining the company in 1996, he worked in various sales, program management, purchasing and business development roles, all in the automotive interiors industry. These companies include Prince Corporation (now part of JCI Automotive Experience), Seton Leather Company, Setex Inc. and Tachi-S Engineering USA. Cary holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with minors in Asian Studies and Japanese from Michigan State University. He has also received an Executive Scholar Certificate in Marketing and Sales Management from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Vice Chair Ning Lei, Director of Science and Technology
Navistar China

Ning Lei is Director of Science and Technology, Navistar China. She is also the Technical Fellow at Navistar Powertrain Engineering North America. During her 25 years of service at Navistar, Ning has successfully progressed through a number of roles including Manager of Engine Simulation, Chief Engineer of Electro-Hydraulic Systems, Director of Medium Duty platform, Director of Advanced Technology. Ning was born and raised in China. She graduated from Dalian University with combined degree in Electrical and Thermal Energy Engineering. She went to U.S. in 1985 and graduated from University Wisconsin-Madison with a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering – Internal Combustion Engine. She also received her MBA degree from Illinois Institute of Technology with concentration in International Business and Marketing. In 2012, she received the SAE International Baranescu award of "Technical and Leadership Excellence in Commercial Vehicle Engineering."

Vice Chair Michael Zhang, Director, Government Affairs
Harley-Davidson China

Michael is Director of Government Affairs of Harley-Davidson China. In this role, Michael manages the company’s public policy/government affairs function in China by serving as the interface between the company and China central & municipal governments, industry & commerce associations, US Embassy and Consulates in China. He also oversees the homologation and regulations development in China. Michael has been with Harley-Davidson since July 2009. Prior to joining Harley-Davidson, Michael served as Public Affairs Manager, Greater China at Wacker Chemie AGl, a leading global manufacturer of silicon and polymer serving markets throughout the world. He was previously a director of foreign investment department of Zhenjiang New Area, a National level economy and technology development zone in Jiangsu Province. During 6 years’ service at the local authority, Michael has counseled a dozens of foreign invested companies from star-up to operation process. Michael earned a bachelor of arts degree in English Literature from Chongqing University and a master of business administration from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

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