Tom Manning is a corporate board director and former CEO of numerous Asia-based businesses. Until recently, he was CEO of Cerberus Asia Operations & Advisory Limited, the Beijing subsidiary of Cerberus Capital. Formerly, he was based in Hong Kong for 15 years and served as CEO of 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 several publicly-listed companies in China, including: China’s leading telecom software company, AsiaInfo-Linkage Holdings; China’s largest retailer, Gome Electrical Appliances; and China’s largest IT company, iSoftStone. Mr. Manning was the first American invited to join the board of a top Chinese bank, Bank of Communications, where he served for six years as a director. He was an advisor to the World Economic Forum on its Global Agenda for China, a founding director of the Chicago-China Development Corporation, launched by Mayor Daley, and the founder of The US-China 2025 Project. 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, global corporate governance, and technology innovation. He speaks Mandarin and divides his time between Beijing and Chicago.