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"China, the growth engine of the
global economy, has huge market
potential. In addition, China
offers a huge pool of talent for
our delivery as well as for driving
innovation. We currently have four
global delivery centres in China,
and we plan to make China our
global innovation hub."
chess aficionado, signed up. "The interest-
ing thing was that there were a lot of job roles
and job rotation for six months or even up to
two years," he recalls. "I rotated between
employee accounting, ledger accounting,
tax accounting... I think I held nearly every
"Then I transferred to what we call our
pricing unit," he adds. The pricing unit is
responsible for handling all the company's
pricing programmes with its customers.
Later on, Tang worked in business planning,
financial planning and consolidation. Af-
ter two years in Tokyo at IBM's Asia Pacific
headquarters, Tang was assigned to head the
China group in Beijing.
IBM entered the Hong Kong market in
1957. It opened its first China office in the
1930s but was absent from the mainland be-
tween 1949 and 1979 as China went through
political and economic upheaval.
Today, IBM's China strategy is going full
steam ahead. "Both China and Hong Kong
are very interesting parts [of the world] for
us," says Tang.
"China, the growth engine of the global
economy, has huge market potential. In ad-
dition, China offers a huge pool of talent for
our delivery as well as for driving innova-
tion. We currently have four global delivery
centres in China, and we plan to make China
our global innovation hub.
"In terms of talent, Hong Kong also has a
special role to play," adds Tang. "With Hong
Kong being an international financial and
business centre and a gateway to China, pro-
fessionals from Hong Kong have... the capa-
bilities to facilitate China enterprises grow-
ing globally and multinational corporations
expanding into China. We set up one unit
of IBM's China development laboratory in
Hong Kong about three years ago."
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