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Thomas J. Manning

Tom Manning is a board director, corporate advisor, and former CEO.  Based in Hong Kong for 17 years, he served CEO of Cerberus Asia, Indachin Limited, Capgemini Asia, and Ernst & Young Consulting Asia.  He was also a senior partner with Bain & Company and member of the firm’s China board.  Earlier in his career, he was with McKinsey & Company, CSC Index, and Buddy Systems.  He currently serves as an independent board director of three publicly-listed companies: Dun & Bradstreet, the leading global provider or corporate information; CommScope, one of the world’s leading network technology companies; and, Clear Media, China’s largest outdoor media company.  In the past, Mr. Manning served as an independent director of the Bank of Communications, the fifth-largest bank in China; Gome Electrical Appliances, a leading consumer electronics retailer in China; iSoftStone, one of China’s largest IT companies; and AsiaInfo-Linkage Holdings, China’s leading telecom software company.  He was an advisor to the World Economic Forum on its Global Agenda for China and a founding director of the Chicago-China Development Corporation, launched by Mayor Daley.  A native of Chicago and a graduate of Harvard College (A.B., East Asian Studies, 1977) and Stanford Graduate School of Business (MBA, 1979), Mr. Manning is a frequent commentator and op-ed contributor on topics such as US-China relations, corporate governance, and private equity.  He speaks Mandarin and divides his time between Beijing and Chicago.  In addition to teaching courses on corporate governance in China, private equity in Asia, US-China relations, and innovative solutions, Mr. Manning also co-chairs (along with Professor Todd Henderson) a new initiative called “α2β” which brings academics and practitioners together to debate and test new ideas coming out of the Law School and the University.