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Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Business Bio  LinkedIn Profile

I was born in Shanghai but moved to Beijing as a boy during the chaotic time of the Culture Revolution, from 1966-1976.  Academics were de-emphasized then, but I was very fortunate to have loving medical doctor parents who shared their broad curiosity, exposing me to everything from photography to nature, science, history, and music.  You see, I was different from the other kids. I experienced many wonderful things–parks, movies, even museums, which were very rare then in China–and I learned many skills, like playing the violin (which I finally learned to enjoy in adulthood), wood working and carpentry.

 
Perhaps my diverse and stimulating childhood uniquely prepared me to seize a very unusual opportunity. In 1980 the Bank of China, the country’s only foreign exchange bank at the time, decided to recruit young talent to meet growing offshore business needs. The Culture Revolution had prevented there from being college graduates in 1980 (the college system was only restored in 1977), so the bank decided to hire a group of freshmen to split their days evenly between work and attending college courses at work.  Sure, we had professors from some of the best universities in Beijing, but I must admit I missed the typical college campus experience.   
 
Identified as an elite talent in the bank group, I was assigned at age 22 to work as an exchange employee with what was then the second-largest German Bank, Dresdner Bank.  I was one of the earliest and definitely the youngest in China to get involved with foreign exchange and capital markets. I became a senior manager of Bank of China when I was 23 in New York, and remained a leading figure at the bank throughout my 10 years there. In 1992 I joined Lehman Brothers in New York and moved to Hong Kong, where I served from 1994 to 2008 in roles including Managing Director and Hong Kong Branch Manager of BankBoston (later FleetBoston, which was merged with Bank of America in 2003); and Managing Director, Head of China for AIG Financial Products. I led efforts to complete many innovative transactions for China-based global companies such as Huawei,  China Resources, China Merchant, and ENN. I left Wall Street in late 2008 when the global financial crisis hit, having dedicated over 25 years of work in finance in the US, Europe and China.
 
I joined Xinova’s predecessor in late 2008 as its President in China, heading operations in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. I set up my own company, PAIF in late 2015 but continue to work closely with Xinova and serve as Chairman for Xinova China.  
 
Living overseas for so long, I witnessed the various evolutions of Made in the USA” alongside Made in Japan/Korea/Taiwan” and Made in China.” I wish to leverage the Xinova technology ecosystem towards helping China make world-class products, elevating Made in China” from its current connotation to a brand synonymous with quality.

Our Team

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Andrew McLain

Product Manager

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Connor Timmerman

Senior Analyst | Network Platform

Andy Tolton

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Ryan Canfield

Software Engineer

Andre Lee

President | Innovation Development & Banking

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Mark Buchthal

Software Engineer

BK Lee

President Korea

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Christopher Ruehs

Software Engineer

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Olivia Armstrong

Project Manager

Rapha Goyran

Software Engineer

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Dana Lindquist

Data Scientist

Soleil Brisbane

Employer Branding Specialist

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & Asia

John Kim

IT Manager

Maynard Kang

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Emma DeMaris

Marketing Intern

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Jake Fagan

Senior Product Designer

Leesa Murphy

Payroll & Benefits Analyst

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Rahul Das

Vice President

Rob Dhat

Account Executive

Jake Cannon

Senior Technical Support Engineer

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Chip Murray

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Brian Yen

Consultant

Duncan Mowatt

Senior Product Designer

Matthew Ritchie

Senior Product Designer

Shiloh Stuart

Software Engineer

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Jussi Westergren

Senior Advisor

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Emmanuel Gomez

Principal Engineer

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Marketing

Liron Porat

Innovation Program Director

Adam Holiber

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Ken Poppe

Managing Director, Revenue & Program Management

Katerina Baranyuk

Recruiter

Kelly Romano

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Bo Garcia

Account Executive

Wyatt Antoine

Information Technology Intern

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Services

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Cassandra Schwartz

Product Marketing Manager

Cate Yochum

Software Engineer

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Jon Gleasman

Senior Product Designer

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Kevin Crommelin

Product Manager

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Darrel Rhea

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Alyssa Moore, MBA

Senior Marketing Manager

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Yang-Won Jung

Senior Director | Innovation Services Group

Grace Kang

Accounts Payable Specialist

Daniel Edenhofer

Software Engineer

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Jacob Harvey

Accounting Manager

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Nadia Savin

Business Intelligence Analyst

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Paul Payne

Architect | Network Platform

Mai Huong Tran

Consultant

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Molly Kent

Software Engineer

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Chal Davidson

Director, Revenue & Program Management

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

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We are always seeking new problems to solve, as well as innovators and entrepreneurs to help us solve them. Let’s work together to create the future.

Our Worldwide Locations

USA

Xinova
311 ½ Occidental Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
USA
+1 (206) 800-2678

Japan

Xinova Japan GK
Yaesu Mitsui Building 6F
2-7-2 Yaesu, Chuo-ku
Tokyo 104-0028 Japan
+81-3-6478-6120
xinova.jp

China

Xinova Innovation (Beijing) Consultancy Co. Ltd.
Room 2494, Level 24, Tower 3
China Central Place
77 Jianguo Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100025 China

Singapore

Xinova Asia Pte Ltd.
150 Beach Road
#08-06/08 Gateway West
189720 Singapore
+65 6408 5080

Korea

Xinova Korea
10th floor, Golfzone Tower
735, Yeongdong-daero
Gangnam-gu
Seoul 06072, Korea
+82 2 6952 8840
xinova.co.kr

Australia

Xinova Australasia Pty Ltd.
Level 6, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW 2060
Australia
+61 2 8093 4850

India

Xinova India
Suite No 208, 2nd Floor
Survey No 414
PSR Complex
Govinda Reddy (GR) Layout
Bannerghatta Road
Karnataka, 560076, India

Finland

Xinova Finland
Erottajankatu 5 A 4
FI-00130 Helsinki
Finland

Affiliate offices in Tel Aviv & Vienna