Creating an Effective Government Relations Program

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American companies in China face an increasingly complex regulatory environment. Developing agile, creative and effective government relations is no longer an aspiration for companies, it is a must. Yet, American companies all over China struggle to develop a system that delivers results, retains and develops talent, and creates new opportunities for growth.

AmCham Shanghai is pleased to invite you to the first session in our Government Relations Workshop Series: Creating an Effective Government Relations Program on July 13 from 8:00 to10:00 AM at the Four Seasons Hotel. Join us as James McGregor, Chairman Greater China for APCO Worldwide looks at successful structures, management systems and talent acquisition that companies have used to develop their internal government relations departments. Mr. McGregor will then moderate a panel of high-level government relations executives who will share their successes, their challenges and their recommendations for how to develop and implement government relations strategies and programs.

Who Should Attend?

-     Senior business executives looking to build-up, restructure, or develop an internal government relations department.

-     Senior government relations practitioners looking to learn, develop and implement innovative and effective government relations programs

-     Government relations practitioners looking to expand their talents and understanding of the ever-changing government relations landscape.

This program is the first in AmCham Shanghai’s Government Relations Practitioners Workshops Series. This three-part program will provide best practices, strategies and training on how to be an effective government relations practitioner. Please contact Vivie Zhang ( with any questions.

For more information about sponsoring AmCham Shanghai's Fall/Winter 2016 Government Relations programs, please contact Zoe Zhang (  



08:00     Arrival & Networking
08:30     Presentation by James McGregor
09:00     Panel Discussion
              Moderator: James McGregor
              Panelists: Nina Wang, Vice President of Government Relations at Johnson Controls
                               Sarah Crawshaw, Managing Director of Taylor Bennett Heyman
09:30    Q&A

10:00    Event Ends


About the Speakers

James McGregor is chairman of APCO Worldwide's greater China region and author of two highly regarded books: No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers: The Challenges of Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism, published in October 2012, and One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China, published in 2005. He was a veteran reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and prior to joining APCO, he was founder and CEO of a China-focused consulting and research firm for hedge funds. He also held previous roles as a senior adviser for Ogilvy Public Relations China and the China managing partner for GIV Venture Partners, a venture capital fund that focused on technology and Internet investments in China and India.

Mr. McGregor was a reporter in the Washington bureau of Knight-Ridder newspapers during the Reagan administration. After serving as the Taiwan bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal from 1987 to 1990 and China bureau chief from 1990 to 1994, he spent seven years building Dow Jones’ media business in China as CEO of Dow Jones’ China. During this time, he established CNBC in China and created the Chinese language website of, Dow Jones’ Chinese-language newswires, Chinese stock-market indexes and the first weekly business-television show in China. He was also a Series A investor in and served on the Sohu board for several years. After successfully preventing Xinhua News Agency from obtaining a monopoly on financial information in China, he received the Barney Kilgore award, Dow Jones’ highest employee accolade.


Mr. McGregor is a professional speaker, regular television and radio commentator and a contributor of essays and opinion articles for a variety of publications. He has lived in China for more than two decades and can speak and read Chinese. He was an active member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham) for nearly a decade and served as chairman in 1996. He is currently chairman of the U.S. Government Relations Committee for AmCham. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council, a Global Council member of the Asia Society, a board member of the U.S.-China Education Trust and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.


Nina Wang is the Vice President of Government Relations at Johnson Controls Inc. She serves as a member of the Johnson Controls Enterprise Leadership Team (ELT) and the APAC leadership team. She leads and coordinates government relationships and management for Johnson Controls in China and ensures that Johnson Controls works constructively with government bodies in line with business strategies and commitments to the environment and sustainability. Nina joined Johnson Controls after more than thirteen years of government relations experience working for global multi-national corporations such as Nokia, BMW Brilliance and John Deere. Nina also has sixteen years of experience with the Beijing Municipal Government. 

Sarah Crawshaw is the Managing Director of Taylor Bennett Heyman, an executive search firm exclusively focused on corporate and government affairs. Based in Hong Kong, she consults with businesses across Asia on senior corporate and government affairs appointments and candidates looking at their next career move.

Sarah has considerable experience in the field of government affairs search and has provided executive search and talent management solutions to many leading listed companies in the Asia Pacific region. She also consults with businesses on matters pertaining to organisational design and competency framework development. She has conducted a number of structural review projects for high-profile and complex organisations.

She started her executive search career in the London, where she spent five years focused on UK and European government affairs assignments. She holds an M.Sc. in Economics and Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor of Laws from the BPP Law School.

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