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Edward Zhu, Chief Executive Officer, CHIC Group

Edward Zhu has more than 20 years of global business experience including as an entrepreneur, a leader, a financier, an investor, a supply chain management expert and the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CHIC Group.

Established in Shanghai China in 1996, the group today is a global company.From its humble beginning as a freight-forwarding and logistics company, it has grown and evolved into a diversified conglomerate with subsidiaries in sectors including food, agriculture, home and garden products, medical equipment, supply chain management solutions and execution, and integrated rural urbanization development.

In 2012 the CHIC Group signed an historic agreement with UNESCO to form the Biosphere Integrated Rural-Urbanization community investment and development project (BIRUP) as a global demonstration for Sustainability and Man & Biosphere Harmony, which was the first time in UNESCO’s history that such a partnership with a Chinese private enterprise was formed.

The CHIC Group is a SIMIS company, providing Solutions, Investments, Management, Innovation and Services to its chosen strategic partners worldwide. The group is positioned on top of end-to-end supply chains and aims to create economic value for its strategic partners.

As CEO, Zhu leads the group, its global vision and develops key strategies, policies and systems, while being a role model for the company’s culture. With management and leadership experience in the U.S. and in China, Zhu has built the CHIC Group into a leading edge company whose clients and corporate partners are brand leaders in their respective industries including Del Monte, Heinz, SPC, Spectrum Brands and Yum.