What will you do when you hear your dream calling? Follow your heart and go for it without a second thought? Or hesitate and hang it in the air? Entrepreneurship in the high-tech industry is difficult, risky, and costly. Giving up a stable high-salary job in a Fortune 500 multinational company for such an adventure takes courage, hard work, good teammates, and faith. After all, it is not easy to persist on a road that very few people choose.
Come and enjoy an inspiring speech by a local industry legend - Dr Yan Zhang, the Chairman and Founding CEO of Ningbo Exciton Technology Co., Ltd., and a leading figure in the Chinese optical film industry. You will not only learn how to seize your dream but, more importantly, how to rise from failure and persevere to make your dream come true.
About the Speaker:
Dr Yan Zhang founded Ningbo Exciton Technology Co., Ltd in 2007, the first company in the Chinese mainland specialising in the research and development, manufacture and sales of optical films. In 2016, Exciton was successfully listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange GEM.
As the Chairman and CEO of Exciton, Dr Zhang has led the company in penetrating the optical film market dominated by multinational companies for decades and filled important industry gaps in China. Under his leadership, Exciton has become the leading innovative company in the Chinese optical film industry in scale, market share, and R&D capabilities. Dr Zhang has also contributed significantly to recruiting, nurturing, and retaining high-level talents in the industry. He is an experienced mentor and investor to many young entrepreneurs and high-tech startups in relevant industries. Given his significant contribution, Dr Yan Zhang has received numerous honorary titles, such as National Distinguished Expert, Zhejiang Leading Entrepreneur, Ningbo’s Outstanding Talent, etc.
Between 2003 and 2007, Dr Yan Zhang held senior management roles in GE China Technology Center and Honeywell International. Before stepping into the industry, Dr Zhang obtained his bachelor's degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, his master’s degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University with joint supervision from the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his PhD degree from the National University of Singapore, and conducted post-doc research there.
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