Christine Yan says the growth in China must be experienced—not just “visited”—to be appreciated. Trained as a mechanical engineer with an MBA, she runs the Asian business for Stanley Black & Decker, a Western-based multi-national Fortune 500 company that sells nuts, bolts, tools and all that goes with them (in fact. Christine holds patents on tools she developed for the company years ago).
She’s got myriad examples of Chinese innovation that go beyond Western aspirations, much of it is driven by the strongly held belief by many Chinese that everyone can get rich by working hard and being willing to fail. Despite a slowdown in the economy, Christine says it is full steam ahead. Possible monkey wrench in this rosy picture? Uncertainty, and its chilling effect on the global economy. On this podcast you’ll hear how a Western business leader headquartered in Shanghai weights the challenges and opportunities.
Christine Yan Biography
Christine Yan is the President of Stanley Black and Decker’s Asia Business since November 2014. In this role, she is responsible for the P&L of Stanley Black and Decker’s businesses in Greater China, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia. Prior to this, Christine was President of Storage and Workspace Systems business for Stanley Black and Decker, preceded by serving as the integration leader of Stanley Engineered Fastening Group when it acquired Infastech. From 2008 to 2013, Christine was the President of the Americas business of Stanley
Engineered Fastening. In this position, Christine had overall P&L responsibility for the company’s Americas region. From 2006 – 2008, Christine was the President of the company’s global automotive business where she was responsible for Sales and Marketing, Research and Development and Customer Service for the Group.
Christine began her career as a Product Development Engineer in 1989 at Emhart Teknologies, Black & Decker’s Fastening and Assembly Systems Group. She has since held a number of positions of increasing responsibilities including Engineering Manager, General Manager of China Operations, Vice President of Research and Development and Vice President of Sales and marketing for the company’s North American Automotive business.
Christine holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Wayne State University and a achelor’s of Science degree from Shandong University in China.
Christine is a board member of Modine Manufacturing Company which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. She is a member of The Committee of 200 (C200), an invitation-only membership organization of the world’s most successful women business leaders.