Commencement 2014: Speaker

Cassian Cheung Commencement SpeakerCassian Cheung '76 graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Joseph's College in three years with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. The senior class president and valedictorian, Cheung was a member of the SJC soccer team and managed the Halleck Student Center cafeteria’s student workers. He went on to study at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he earned a Master of Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. 

Cheung started his career on the international marketing staff for Swiss food company Nestlé and was first assigned to their office in White Plains, NY. He soon joined the international team and was relocated to Singapore, Hong Kong, and eventually to Nestlé’s world headquarters in Switzerland. He became the first general manager and chief operating officer for Nestlé China in the late 1980s.

After 16 years with Nestlé, Cheung joined the Quaker Oats Company as the head of Quaker Oats Asia. After the acquisition of Quaker Oats by PepsiCo, Cheung was recruited to be the president of Walmart China. He led the development and expansion of Walmart stores in China in the early to mid-2000s, building a team of more than 20,000 associates.

Today, Cheung is an executive director and the group chief executive officer of Next Media Limited, Hong Kong’s largest publicly listed Chinese-language print media company. He is also an independent non-executive director of Trinity Limited, a Li & Fung company specializing in high end men’s fashion that owns several renowned British and French labels. He is a member of the Kellogg Alumni Council of Asia and an adjunct professor at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School.

Cheung resides on Hong Kong Island with his wife, Vivian.

 

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