Shirley Young is president of Shirley Young Associates, LLC, a business advisory firm for companies interested in business development in the China market. She also serves as senior advisor to General Motors-Asia Pacific.
From 1988 until December 31, 1999, she was corporate vice president of General Motors Corp., involved in development of GM's $1.5 billion joint venture in Shanghai. Earlier, she served as vice president for consumer market development at GM's headquarters, working across the various marketing divisions of the company. Prior to that, she spent more than 20 years at Grey Advertising, working in a wide range of industries with many of the world's leading marketers.
In addition to her expertise in brand development and consumer marketing, Young has served on many corporate boards of directors, and as vice chairman of the Nominating Committee of the New York Stock Exchange. She was appointed to the President's Commission on Executive Exchange and was a member of the Business Advisory Council for the U.S. State Department Agency for International Development.
She is governor and founding chairman of the Committee of 100, a national Chinese American leadership organization, and serves as chairman of the Committee of 100 Cultural Institute whose objective is to bridge the cultural gap between the United States and China through the arts and education.
Young is a graduate of Wellesley College, Phi Beta Kappa, and is a recipient of the Wellesley College Alumna Achievement Award. In China, Young is an honorary professor of Tsinghua University, Beijing; Tongji University, Shanghai; and Huazhong Technology University, Wuhan; and honorary trustee of Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. In the United States, she has served as a trustee for multiple nonprofit and education organizations. She is a founding member of the Committee of 200, an international organization of leading businesswomen.