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John Chen

Foster Partners Executive Search


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John Chen is the founder, partner, and managing director of Foster Partners South East Asia, which he formed in 2001 and very quickly established itself as one of the leading senior executive search company in this region.

Foster Partners Group LLP, USA, was formed in January of 1990 through the management buyout of KPMG Peat Marwick's Executive Search Practice that was established in 1962, headed by Dwight E. Foster, former Managing Principal of KPMG’s US Executive Search Practice and current Chairman of the Foster Partners Asia Board. Foster Partners has offices specifically serving the Asian marketplace through Foster Partners Asia and South East Asia located in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Tianjing, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City. 

After graduation in 1985, John stared his career in the advertising and communications industry as an account executive and very quickly moved up to director of client services. His advertising career extended from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Shanghai, China, where he was seconded by BBDO, a US Omnicom Group agency.

In 1999, John was invited to join China’s largest Hollywood film distribution company, CAV Thakral Home Entertainment Ltd, the first foreign film distribution joint venture company in China. He joined as marketing director and shortly after was promoted to chief marketing and operation officer of their e-business division. He served a total of four years as a senior expatriate in Shanghai, China.
John has 20 years of extensive hands-on experience in general management.  The scope of his experience includes operations, marketing and advertising with multi-national corporations, retailing of fast-moving consumer products, and management of an e-commerce company. He is truly a great asset to all his clients, consulting for them on all of their recruitment needs.

Maintaining the highest ethical standards and professional practices for the last 7 years, John has successfully placed many senior C-level executives in a diverse range of industries for both multinational companies and Malaysian conglomerates. He is an experienced, results-driven professional search consultant with a proven track record for delivering quick and satisfying results to his clients.
John is a member of Malaysia’s Corporate Round Table, Asia Strategic Leadership Institute, Vietnam European Chamber of Commerce, and American Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia and in Vietnam. He has also been invited as guest speaker in human resource seminars.

John graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, USA in 1985. In April 2008, John was inducted into the SIUC College of Business 2008 Hall of Fame for his achievements in business and contribution to the industry.


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Company: Foster Partners Executive Search

E-05-15, Block E, Plaza Mont Kiara- ----------2 Jalan Kiara, 50480

City: Kuala Lumpur
Country: Malaysia
Phone: +6036203 5875
Website: www.fosterpartners.biz
Email: chen@irsaonline.com
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