Christine Houston - China’s Millennials: Inheriting a Changed World

Highly regarded in the world of global executive search, Christine Houston shares her strongly held opinions on developments in Asia, from the recruitment and hiring of young people, to the shift in the buying habits of wealthy millennials (handbags no longer top the list) and the impact that has had on retailers. 

You’ll hear her provocative views on issues that could cause unrest in China, how Beijing’s censorship of media has tightened, why people throughout Asia are nervous about developments in American politics with a tweeting President, challenges to educational systems in the West, and the potential negative impact all of this can have on business.  Join us for a wide-ranging episode on today’s China.

Christine Houston Biography

Christine Houston is the Founder and Managing Director of ESGI, a fully retained executive search firm specializing in senior level appointments for positions in Asia, Europe and North America. The firm serves a range of diverse industry sectors, with particular expertise in financial services, technology and professional services.

Under Ms. Houston’s leadership, ESGI was ranked by Asia Money as one of the Top 10 Best Headhunting Firms in Asia. 

Ms. Houston entered the executive search profession when she joined Korn/Ferry International in New York, becoming the youngest Partner in the firm.  During her five-year tenure she led and managed cross-border searches with Asia. She then joined the New York office of TASA (subsequently TMP Search); in 1994 she relocated to Hong Kong as the Managing Partner of that office. She concurrently headed the Financial Services and Technology Practices in Asia, including Japan. 

Prior to entering the executive search profession, Ms. Houston was a Vice President and Managing Director of J. Walter Thompson – Japan. Her management positions at the corporate level include Director of Marketing for Revlon Japan, and executive positions with the International Division of Avon Products for the Japan and Latin American markets. Ms. Houston worked in Japan for seven years; during that time she was a founding member of Foreign Executive Women (FEW) in Japan. 

Ms. Houston holds an MBA from Fordham University in New York, and a B.A. in Economics from Hofstra University.