John Cheh has been at the Esquel Group since 2003, a textile and apparel manufacturer with 55,000 employees in China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Mauritius. Mr. Cheh started his career at the Canadian Government Treasury Board and Privy Council Office in Ottawa, after which he served in economic and trade positions in Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo with Canada’s Department of External Affairs and International Trade. He also worked as the Executive Director of the Canada-China Trade Council from 1986 to 1988.
In 1994, John moved to Hong Kong as the President, Asia, of Bell Canada International, responsible for strategic telecommuni¬cations investments. In 2001, he became the President of Bombardier China, until he joined Esquel. John received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from McGill University, a PhD. in Economics from MIT, and an Honorary LL.D. from the University of Western Ontario. He is currently a non-executive Vice Chairman of the China Chamber of Commerce for Textile Import and Export, a board member of the International Textile Manufactur¬ers Federation, and a member of the Hong Kong-U.S. Business Council.