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David Wolf

Managing Director, Global China Practice


David Wolf

David Wolf is Managing Director of Allison+Partners’ China Practice. Counseling American, Chinese, and European clients in a range of industries, David specializes in managing complex communications challenges, including crisis, new market entry, and corporate reorganization by helping clients rethink their strategies, positioning and actions as well as their brands and messaging.

David is called upon by regional and global media as an analyst and commentator on business in China, and is a contributor to publications like The Holmes Report, EuroBiz, Media, AdAge magazine, and WARC. He 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. David 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 2012.

Prior to joining Allison+Partners, David was President and Chief Executive Officer of Wolf Group Asia (WGA), a Beijing-based corporate communications advisory firm. Serving a range of clients including Discovery Networks, Motorola Mobility, Google, Foxconn, Blizzard, AOL, About.com and Irdeto, WGA won both client and industry accolades and was named Asia-Pacific Boutique Consultancy of the Year for 2011 by SABRE/Holmes Report in June 2012.

Before starting WGA, David led the Asia-Pacific Technology Practice for Burson-Marsteller. Previously, David was managing director and chief operating officer of Claydon Gescher Associates (CGA), a strategy and public affairs consultancy based in Beijing with a focus on media, entertainment and telecommunications.

David has lived in China since 1995. In addition to English, he is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish. David blogs at Silicon Hutong and The Peking Review.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a firefighter. I liked the idea of preventing fires, putting them out when they happened, and saving people, riding to the rescue. When I think about it, that captures much of what I like about being in public relations.

What’s your biggest success?

Creating the logistical infrastructure that today makes electronic commerce possible in China. It is amazing what you can do when you don't realize it's impossible.

What’s your most treasured possession?

My library. It is a continual source of inspiration and growth for my entire family, in good times and bad.


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