24 March 2021
North Asia CAPE and the New Zealand China Trade Association will cohost a China business breakfast, this time focused on the tech sector in China featuring experienced business leader John Cochrane.
John Cochrane is going to share insights drawn from more than two decades of experience working within the Chinese technology sector.
John was CEO of Beijing-based Commtest, which produces vibration-analysis instruments, from 2002-2011. At Commtest John assembled and led a 100% local team that converted large Chinese SOEs into customers, and oversaw the firm’s successful acquisition by GE.
From 2012-2016, John was our Trade Commissioner based in Guangzhou, where he interacted with approximately 180 companies and supported NZD 145 million of new product sales into the region. John sought a move back home in 2017 and worked for a period as Head of Business Attraction for ATEED, where he deepened the Auckland-Guangzhou-LA ‘Tripartite’ relationship.
John is now General Manager of Facteon (formerly Fisher & Paykel Production Machinery Ltd), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Haier. At Facteon, John leads an Auckland-based team working closely with its Chinese parent. John is well placed to share insights on how to manage ‘China speed’ in a New Zealand context.