Yan is a global business leader, consultant and coach. Yan is currently a Partner and Managing Director at China Centric Associates, helping western companies be successful in China.
Born in China, Yan came to the US for graduate studies with a vision to become a bridge between the East and the West in global business. MA in International Relations at University of Northern Iowa and Yan’s experience living in China and the US taught her critical thinking. An MBA at Michigan State University taught her world-class business processes and global scale thinking.
Yan came to Cleveland to join a premier management consultancy A.T. Kearney in 2000, where she learned to lead while making others feel they are leading, and learned problem solving skills that transcend industries, geographies, and business functions. A fantastic 12-year career at Eaton Corporation allowed Yan to drive results and manage change in a dynamic global environment, with increasing responsibilities in developing global sourcing programs, business start-up in China, acquisition integration, global product line management, and strategy & acquisitions. For 3 years Yan led and grew a $120M global business for Nordson Corporation and discovered her passion in people development and personal growth. Besides helping western companies do business in China, Yan is also developing an Executive Coaching business.
Yan serves on the Cleveland Institute of Art’s board of directors and is a member of the Union Club. She loves to travel internationally and enjoys salsa dancing and hot Yoga. She lives in Cleveland with her husband Robert and their 10-year old daughter Siena.