biography

Dr. Jianwei Zhang

Chairman Bombardier China, President Bombardier Transportation China

Jianwei Zhang was appointed Chairman, Bombardier China, and President of Bombardier Transportation China in July 2018. Mr. Zhang's responsibilities include working closely with senior management in formulating and executing strategies that build upon Bombardier’s solid foundation in China and ensuring continued strong relationships with key government officials and other stakeholders.

Jianwei Zhang is also responsible for developing new business and for coordinating all of Bombardier’s rail activities across China. This includes assisting the management of seven manufacturing joint ventures and eight Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises (WFOE), as well as working across the various product divisions to ensure a coordinated strategic approach to the business in China.

Mr. Zhang began his career at Bombardier as a project manager in 1995. Since then, he has held a variety of positions with rapidly increasing responsibility. He was promoted to Director, Projects and Business Development in 1997 and to Vice President of Bombardier Transportation in 1998. In 2005, he was named Chief Country Representative, supporting both Bombardier Transportation and Bombardier Aerospace. Jianwei Zhang was then appointed President, Bombardier China in February 2010.

Prior to joining Bombardier, Mr. Zhang held several academic appointments as a Teaching Assistant and as an Assistant Professor. In addition, he was a senior government officer at the municipal level in China from 1975 to 1982.

Mr. Zhang graduated from Tianjin University in 1982 with an engineering degree (internal combustion engines). He received his MBA from Université de Montréal (Canada) in 1991 and his Doctorate in Administration from Université de Montréal in 1996. His specialization was enterprise strategy. In addition to his Doctoral Dissertation, he is the author of several articles on management science published in Canada and France.

Mr. Zhang sits on several standing committees of professional magazines as well as several Boards of Directors and advisory committees. Mr. Zhang is Vice Chairman of China’s World Railway Development and Research Society since 2009, and also Permanent Vice Chairman of China's Foreign Trade Council.

Mr. Zhang has received a number of honourable awards in the world, among them, “The Most Notable Business Leader" awarded by China Enterprises Confederation, and China Entrepreneurs Association in 2005, “Top Ten Scientific and Technological Innovators" by China Rail Transit Industry in 2008, "Person of the Year World Rail Transit Industry” by China’s World Railway Development and Research Society in 2010, “Extraordinary Achievement Award, Gold Award" by CCBC (Canada-China Business Council) in 2010, “Top 20 Most Influential Business Leaders for China’s 20 Years’ Reform" by NDRC (China Development and Reform Commission) and China Reform Daily in 2012, “Distinguished Graduate” by HEC Montreal in 2013, and “Top 50 Western Study Returnee for Innovation and Entrepreneurship" by Center for China & Globalization (CCG) in 2015. In 2017, he was awarded the Canada Governor General’s Medallion for his contribution to foster a strengthened relationship between Canada and China and to promote Canadian business and technology in China, which has the added impact of job creation in both our countries. He was also awarded the “Outstanding Business Leader with Credibility” by NDRC.

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