People Watch – March April 2010

PATRICK STRINGER has been appointed the new Victorian Commissioner to Greater China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) and is based in Shanghai. Patrick has formerly worked for Austrade as a Senior Trade Commissioner to Vietnam and has some 25 years experience in senior management and marketing related roles in the private sector. Patrick replaces Charles Brent who was based in Shanghai for three years and recently returned to Australia.

Rio Tinto has appointed IAN BAUERT as its new Managing Director, China. Ian speaks fluent Mandarin and has more than 30 years experience with the company having set up Rio’s first China office 25 years ago. Ian replaces Anthony Loo, who left the position last year. Ian was Rio Tinto’s managing director of sales and marketing for iron ore and remains based in Shanghai.

KIM GILLILAND has been appointed AustCham Shanghai’s interim executive director while current executive director KATE POLLITT is on leave. For the past 18 months Kim has been working in Shanghai and Beijing as Media Monitors’ Sales Director, China. Kate Pollitt will return to the position in October 2010.

Minter Ellison has appointed Ms YI YI WU as the Chief Representative of the firm’s Shanghai office. Yi Yi is a PRC and Australian qualified lawyer who has practised in China and Australia for a number of years. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Shanghainese and is an accredited professional English/Chinese translator.


ALANNAH ANDREWS has recently taken up the role of Clinic Manager for International SOS Beijing. Prior to joining International SOS, Alannah was the Manager of the Allied Health Department at Greenslopes Private Hospital in Brisbane. INDIRA LOSADA-RODRIGUEZ has also joined International SOS as Clinic Marketing Executive where she will be responsible for managing marketing activities for the Beijing, Tianjin, Nanjing and Shekou clinics. Indira was previously at AustCham Beijing, managing an internship program and is originally from Perth.

MATTHEW COSTELLO is the new Project Coordinator of the Australia China Young Leaders Program and is based in Beijing. ACYLP aims to promote links between Australia and China by providing recent graduates and young professionals with work experience placements for up to 18 months in China. Matthew has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney.
KENNETH LAM has commenced a management trainee position with Australian construction company Hooker Cockram in Guangzhou under the ACYLP. Kenneth is a graduate from the University of New South Wales and holds a Bachelor of Engineering.

Austrade has appointed several new business development managers in line with its expansion in covering China’s burgeoning automotive and green sectors. YANXIA LI has joined Austrade’s Beijing office as a senior business development manager in the China auto and advanced manufacturing team. Prior to that Yanxia worked in corporate strategy and planning functions in DaimlerChrysler China. TOM SHUGG, also based in Beijing, is currently working as a business development manager for Austrade’s ‘Wanwu’ clean technology marketing initiative and is also working closely with the China Mining Team. Tom has had several years experience in China including a leading role with Austrade’s Business Club Australia program during the Beijing 2008 Olympics. JAY NING has joined Austrade’s China Clean Tech Team as Business Development Manager and is based in Shanghai. Jay’s role will be in the clean energy and environment industries and markets, with strong initiatives in green investment and finance.

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