Edward Yan Ming 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.
Also known by his English name of Edward Zhu, he first appeared on the front cover of the October 1998 edition of China’s Chief Executive Officer magazine, which acknowledged his success in bringing a leading fashion brand (Dr. Martens) into China. In recent years, Edward has continued to receive both domestic and foreign media coverage for his successes in various sectors; including a cover with the World Manager Magazine in Mar. 2013 (formerly called China’s Chief Executive Officer) and articles in the Beijing News, the United Morning Post, Global Entrepreneur and CEIBS Link magazine. Edward has featured on Nancy Merrill’s ICS Minds of Millionaires program with CCTV, and participated in interviews with the CCTV Financial channel, the Phoenix satellite TV channel, the Shanghai East Foreign Language channel and CCTV News, and CNBC amongst many others.
He is a sought after speaker and was invited to Summer Davos for the third year, to lead discussions on “Creating the future economics”, “The future of the rural economy”, “China turning into a nation of consumption” (CCTV) and “The New Growth Compass” (CNBC). Edward has made keynote speeches at the United Nations conference on sustainable development, at the China International Agribusiness forum, at the Euro-China forum and at the Ecological civilization of Guiyang conference, amongst others. In 2013, Edward received the ‘Top 10 Economic Trendy People of 2013 in China’ Award and the ICS’ Future Lighting Award.
Zhu holds an Executive MBA degree with honors from the China European International Business School in Shanghai, where he is also a frequent guest lecturer on EVA, as well as sitting on the CEIBS advisory board. In 2009, Edward won the Outstanding Contribution Award at CEIBS, the Distinguished Alumnus Award and the “Best CEIBS Alumnus of the Year 2011” award. His various innovative ways of sponsoring CEIBS and the LDF program (Chic’s MBA Leadership Development Fund) had created a sustainable sponsorship model for CEIBS. In May 2012, the CEIBS Alumni Association’s Agribusiness Association was founded at the CHIC Group Headquarters. This association consists of agri-business elites and Zhu was elected as its First Chairman. The mission of the association is to set up a platform that bridges China and the rest of the world with agri-business related developments.