沈品同(Don St. Pierre Jr.)被任命为董事会执行主席，华金声(John D. Watkins)被任命为首席执行总裁。
The board of ASC Fine Wines announced today that Don St. Pierre Jr., Co-founder and CEO has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Board and John D. Watkins has been appointed to succeed St. Pierre as the Chief Executive Officer. The change is effective October 15, 2012.
As Executive Chairman of the Board, St. Pierre will remain heavily involved in the business, with a strong focus on strategic business development initiatives, including the domestic wine sector, the consumer direct business and further strengthening ASC’s long term relationship with its partners & suppliers.
Watkins has more than twenty-five years of success in China in multiple industries leading improvements in revenues, profits, market share, talent and shareholder value, building partnerships, establishing new businesses, optimizing existing operations, and engaging the US and Chinese governments for Fortune 500 global corporations. Watkins is also an avid wine enthusiast, was ASC’s first home delivery customer and has known the St. Pierre family since the 1980’s.
Watkins was most recently President & CEO at GE AVIC Civil Avionics Systems Company, where he led the establishment of the 50-50 joint venture between GE and China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC), the position he leaves to join ASC.
Prior to joining GE, Watkins was a Corporate Vice President of Cummins Inc. and Chairman and CEO of Cummins (China) Investment Co., Limited, where he led Cummins team of 7,000 people in 21 locations in China. Cummins revenues and profits in China quadrupled during the six years Watkins led the organization.
Watkins also held various senior positions at Northwest Airlines over 18 years. In his last position, as Corporate Vice President& General Manager – China, he was responsible for the airline’s operations, sales, customer service, pricing, administration and business development in China.
“I am honored and delighted that the ASC board selected me to succeed Don Jr. as CEO of ASC Fine Wines. Since the late-1990’s I watched in admiration as Don Sr., Don Jr. and their team of professionals not only built a highly successful business, but also built a culture of wine appreciation in China” , said Watkins. “My goal, working with the board and the ASC team, is to take the company to the next level of growth, profitability and customer service and to further enhance appreciation for good wines in China.”
“I am very excited about this change, because John Watkins is someone that my father and I have known and respected for many years. John is not only an outstanding businessman but he is a good person whose proven commitment to professionalism, integrity, and hard work position him well for success in our industry.” said St. Pierre. “ASC grew dramatically over the past 16 years. The basis for our success is ASC’s focus on high quality wines and service and our ability to lead through innovation, whether that is ASC’s focus on wine education & training or our more recent rapid expansion into 2nd and 3rd tier cities. We always aimed to stay ahead and lead the market for quality wines throughout Greater China. John’s appointment as CEO is another bold step towards staying out front by ensuring ASC’s leadership team is not only the strongest in the Greater China wine industry, but also is one of the strongest teams in any industry in the region. While my role will change in ASC, my ownership will not. I will focus my energy and time on exciting, new and important opportunities we have for growth. I will also work closely with John and our executive team, including Zhang Hao, COO, David Lucas, VP of Marketing/Supplier relations and Stephane Moreau, President of ASC consumer direct business, providing my counsel on how to further strengthen our relationships with customers and suppliers, while we continue to grow the business.”
Watkins is active as a community leader in China. He was twice elected to and served as Chairman for the American Chamber of Commerce in China from 2009 – 2010 where he led the Chamber’s efforts to influence and shape government policies on indigenous innovation, market access, intellectual property protection and export controls.
Watkins holds a B.S. in marketing from Miami University, and a master’s degree in management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He also completed two years of Mandarin Chinese language training at Shanghai Normal College in the early-1980s.
Watkins, who lives in Shanghai, is married to Dinah and they have two children, Nicholas and Amelia Josephine.
About ASC Fine Wines:
ASC Fine Wines is China’s leading fine wine importer and distributor with 26 branches and over 1,100 personnel across the Greater China region. It was described as “China’s greatest fine wine importer” by legendary wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr.
With its constant focus on quality, ASC partners with the finest brands to create an exceptional portfolio, which now includes over 1,200 premium labels from 100 plus world-renowned wineries from around the world. ASC’s incomparable fine wine portfolio and expertise offer wine connoisseurs in Greater China the most trustworthy source for the finest wines.
ASC Fine Wines also operates The Wine Residence in Shanghai and The Wine Gallery in Beijing and Hong Kong. They are remarkable locations providing a full and broad wine service to ASC’s customers and partners, as well as being a wine education centre to inspire consumers to better understand and enjoy fine wines.