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Consultants Collective Corner: The Increasing Complexity of Doing Business in China

“Making predictions is fools’ work,” says  Consultants Collective member consultant David Schlesinger, but every year Robert Ciemniak of Real Estate Foresight Ltd. asks David to put his neck out for his China Property Outlook seminar. Here’s David’s 2019 view, with a look back at 2018. 

David advises on running complex, dispersed global organizations with an emphasis on China and media. He was formerly Chairman of Thomson Reuters China, responsible for building relationships, providing thought leadership and creating strategy for operations across interests in financial markets, legal and regulatory databases, scientific information and journalism. He was appointed to that role after four years as global Editor-in-Chief of Reuters News, running all aspects of the 3,000-journalist strong international news service. Previously, he was Global Managing Editor, in charge of worldwide operations and news editing.

David joined Reuters Hong Kong bureau in 1987. From 1989 to 1995, he ran news operations in Taiwan, China and the Greater China region in a series of posts. He then transferred to New York to serve in turn as Financial Editor, Managing Editor for the Americas, and Executive Vice President and Editor of the Americas.

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