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Managers Abroad: Mobilising Kiwis; Scott Brown Is Chair of Kea China and Heads Up Consultancy Redfern Associates in Shanghai

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Managers Abroad: Mobilising Kiwis; Scott Brown Is Chair of Kea China and Heads Up Consultancy Redfern Associates in Shanghai

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Byline: Scott Brown

What prompted you to seek work out of New Zealand?

I was literally handed an air ticket in my first year out of university and sent to Beijing for a three-month project, so I can't really claim to have made any well thought out plans of my own. The work was fun, and China in the mid '90s was fascinating and hugely challenging. When the company pulled back a bit some years later I decided to do some travel and ended up staying in China and being offered some good opportunities. Fifteen years later I have my own firm and am getting to do some exciting things.

How are your experiences overseas shaping your understanding of New Zealand?

I deal on a daily basis with a lot of foreign and NZ companies approaching the China market. NZ has a great name and a privileged position in China. Whether we are doing enough to leverage and maximise that is a very different discussion. …

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