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Mr. Xi Gao is Vice President of Global Supply Chain at Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd. (or “Hepalink”) where he leads the global procurement of raw materials and other supplies. In addition, he is also in charge of improving the operational and manufacturing efficiency in the API business of Hepalink’s subsidiaries in the U.S.
Mr. Gao has over 20 years of experience in supply chain management.
Before joining Hepalink, Mr. Gao was Director for APAC Procurement at Colgate (China) Co., Ltd. During this period, Mr. Gao provided direct leadership to procurement and supply teams in China, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar, managing strategic procurement, cost optimization, supply chain security, quality assurance, as well as supply chain system/data/processes optimizations for the entire APAC region. In addition, he also led the negotiations in the global procurement of key raw materials.
Prior to that, Mr. Gao worked at Shell (China) since 2010, as Senior Manager for planning, Greater China, and APAC Director for procurement for downstream businesses. During this time, Mr. Gao led both direct and indirect procurement teams in Asian countries including China, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines in initiatives in supply chain security, procurement efficiency, and cost optimization. While at Shell, Mr. Gao led the development a digital contract management and supplier performance tracking system, for which he was named a recipient of the 2014 Best Global Project Award.
During 2008 and 2010, Mr. Gao worked at Johnson and Johnson (APAC) Co., Ltd., responsible for packaging material procurement for consumer products and successfully delivered numerous supply chain optimization programs in the region.
Mr. Gao has a Master of Business and Computer Science degree from Victoria University, Australia.