Kelvin Ling serves as partner in DHR International’s Hong Kong office. Mr. Ling has spent more than 12 years in the executive search industry. He joined DHR in early 2009 and has focused his search work in the consumer and retail industries in Asia Pacific. His search assignments included all the C-level and senior executive searches in the FMCG industry, consumer goods and services, F&B, and retail sector.
Prior to joining DHR International, Mr. Ling spent five years as a senior executive search consultant at Spencer Stuart. During his tenure, he focused on the consumer, industrial, and medical equipment industries. He is an expert, functionally, in supply chain, sales, and marketing; and has a thorough understanding of the Greater China market.
In the last twelve years, Mr. Ling has completed a number of C-level searches in the Asia Pacific region. He is known to a lot of senior executives in the region. Before joining the executive search business, Mr. Ling had a 25-year career as a senior corporate executive working in a variety of industries – aircraft engines, industrial gas and equipment, and consumer products. Born in Hong Kong and a graduate of Northeastern University, Mr. Ling started his career in General Electric’s Aircraft Engine Group in Massachusetts.
He later returned to Hong Kong with GE Houseware. In 1981, he took the challenge as a pioneer in managing the first joint venture for China, Chung Wang Industrial Gas Limited, in charge of its commercial operations. Six years later, Mr. Ling, on behalf of China Merchants Group and its Hong Kong partner, successfully sold part of the operations and merged it with US Air Products & Chemicals.
The consumer products phase of his career began when he joined Kraft General Foods in China, where he set up the export operations and the local investment units. In 1991, he joined BAT and had assignments with full P&L responsibilities in Hong Kong, China, UK, Singapore and the U.S. After serving in the corporate world for 25 years, Mr. Ling decided to join the executive search industry in 2004.
Mr. Ling also served on the Hong Kong government-sponsored Efficient Consumer Response Board from 2000 to 2003.