Bain & Company has named Weiwen Han Managing Director of the firm’s Greater China practice. Han’s appointment, announced by Bob Bechek, Bain’s worldwide Managing Director, and Dale Cottrell, head of the firm’s Asia Pacific region, coincides with Bain’s 25th anniversary in Greater China.
Weiwen has nearly twenty years of management consulting experience. Since joining Bain & Company in 2002, from Accenture, Han has served clients in Bain's Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Los Angeles offices. He has over the years helped many mid- and large-sized companies to develop strategy, improve their performance and upgrade their management capabilities, including organisation, operations and IT. Han holds deep expertise in company and fund strategy, industry and target screening, commercial due diligence and portfolio company management.
Most recently Han was a partner in Bain’s Private Equity practice and a senior member of its Digital, Consumer Products and Retail practices. He is also actively engaged in Bain’s Developing Market 100– an initiative by the firm that partners with high-growth companies aimed at helping them grow into scale-ups and unicorns.
In his new role as Managing Director, a role he took on from October 1st, Hong Kong-based Han is responsible for leading growth, operations, people and brand strategy for Greater China. His key priority will, according to the consulting firm, be to guide the Chinese practice through “its next wave of growth”.
Han succeeds Michael Thorneman, who served as Managing Director of Bain Greater China for eight years, and returns to advising the firm’s private equity and corporate clients in China. The transition is part of Bain’s ‘servant leader’ model in which partners regularly rotate into leadership roles and then back to full-time client work.
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