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David Wolf is President and Chief Executive Officer of Wolf Group Asia (WGA), a Beijing-based strategic corporate communications advisory firm. Counseling American, Chinese, and European clients in the innovative and creative industries, David specializes in managing complex communications challenges by helping clients rethink their strategies, positioning and actions as well as their brands and messaging. WGA was named Asia-Pacific Boutique Consultancy of the Year for 2011 by SABRE/Holmes Report in June 2012.
David concurrently serves as Senior China Strategist for global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, advising B-M's clients and client teams, and is a founding partner of the Burson-Marsteller Leadership Institute, a professional education and research organization made up of a coalition that includes B-M, Young & Rubicam, Landor Associates, Penn Schoen Berland, Acewood, and WGA. David has conducted trainings and facilitated meetings for over 70 companies, governmental organizations, educational institutions, and NGOs, and has developed over a dozen innovative professional training courses.
In addition, David is called upon by regional and global media as an analyst and commentator on business in China, and is a regular contributor to publications like The Holmes Report, Media, AdAge magazine, and WARC. David is an Editorial Advisor for the China Economic Quarterly, and serves on the advisory board of the Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business at Indiana University in the United States. He is the author of several published reports, and his first book, Making the Connection: The Peaceful Rise of China's Telecommunications Giants, was released in April.
Before starting WGA in 2005, David led the Asia-Pacific Technology Practice for Burson-Marsteller, leading a team of nearly 50 professionals in offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney. David took the Asia-Pacific post after having founded B-M's Technology Practice in China in 2000, growing it into China's largest technology, media, and telecommunications public relations organization and winning a dozen major industry awards for client work.
Prior to joining Burson-Marsteller, David was Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Claydon Gescher Associates (CGA), a boutique strategy and public affairs consultancy based in Beijing with a focus on media, entertainment, and telecommunications. He was responsible for daily operations and long-term growth planning. Clients served include Intel, HBO Asia, Reuters, DeBeers/Stockdale, PanAmSat, Turner International, and Irdeto Access.
David has lived in China since 1995 and currently resides in Beijing with his family. David holds a Masters degree in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of California, Davis. In addition to English, he is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish. David is active in the international scouting movement, serving as Cubmaster of BSA Pack 3944 in Beijing, and is a PADI-certified Rescue Scuba Diver.