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"Be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid of standing still."
- Chinese Proverb

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Relaunch of Seres Management

It has been almost ten years since Seres Management was founded in January 2013, shortly after my relocation from Beijing, China, back to Vienna. Seres Management started as a one-man company offering an interim service manager for Western subsidiary companies in China during challenging times.

Learning from the Chinese experience – Management during Coronavirus Times: INFORMATION AND AWARENESS (Part 2)

If you just did cost control, secured your cash flow, secured your HR through short-time working provisions and state subsidized employments, maybe applied for a bank credit, state-backed, you are far away from successfully managing your company and navigating operations during these challenging times.

Learning from the Chinese Experience – Management during Coronavirus Times: INTRODUCTION (Part 1)

„Learning from the Chinese Experience – Management during Coronavirus Times“ shall give investors and top managers guidance of how to steer and manage their companies and staff during times of decreasing economic activity based on worldwide lockdowns because of the mitigation of the coronavirus. Why the Chinese experience? China went through what we are going through in Europe already a couple of weeks before and if we look at China, we can get an idea of how challenging the way back to recovery is. That is why I recommend to have a close look onto current China operations and stay in close contact with Chinese business partners as you will get the chance to learn for your operations in Europe and other regions in the world.

Do not forget your China team

Numerous cities such as Shanghai and Beijing are still under lockdown status and this is having a major impact on your company’s operations in China. Here, I kindly remind you to not only follow the news and try to make up your own picture.

"Be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid of standing still."
- Chinese Proverb

Asia and Greater China Advisory, Interim Management, Coaching and Supervisory for Investors and Top Management

“We create and build profitable, sustainable and compliant business operations in the Far East, especially in Greater China as well as Southeast Asia and guarantee that your investment will be a long-term success throughout times of crisis and growth.”

  • We shape your Southeast Asia and Greater China investment and business: strategy, company portfolio, building up of local management teams, reassessment and drive change.

  • We are your long-term partner, ensuring that your investment in Southeast Asia and Greater China increases returns and builds operations in a stable as well as profitable way.

  • We support your management and team in the Far East with a focus on Greater China in order to achieve growth while at the same time building a strong bridge between your headquarters and local management.

  • We come to the rescue during times of crisis by providing capable change management solutions in order to achieve a turnaround.

  • You will achieve better results with our support. Our coaching will guide you and your team through transformational periods to achieve successful change.

We are your long-term partner to make sure that your investment in Asia is bringing returns and build operations in a stable and profitable way

We support your management and team in Asia in order to achieve growth while at the same time building a strong bridge with headquarters

We come to the rescue during times of crisis by providing adequate change management solutions in order to achieve a positive turnaround

You will reach better results with our support.

Seres Management is a strategic and reliable long-term partner for shareholders, top management and your local Southeast Asia and Greater China. Together, we define viable solutions, define the targets and implement the necessary measures among the shareholders as well as stakeholders. We bring the competence your company needs to grow in the Asia and Greater China market.

Our Competence

  • Strategy formulation and investment decisions

  • Setting up companies

  • M&A negotiations as well as integration

  • Turnarounds of your company

  • Company liquidation

We offer the following services for you and your Company.

Advisory

Coaching

Interim
Management

Supervisory

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years working in and with Southeast Asia and Greater China

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in-depth knowledge of companies in Southeast Asia and Greater China

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different industries' experience

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full time management postings in Asian holding and subsidiary companies

"Be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid of standing still."
- Chinese Proverb

Services

Advisory

Receiving professional support from an experienced coach and manager. We will support you through your entire business cycle with tailored business strategies for Asia. This covers business planning for your company, financial and accounting services, accompanying the improvement of operations and board structure or restructuring.

Coaching

We will coach you at and throughout different stages of your Asia operations. From investment, improving operations and team dynamics, all the way to the liquidation of subsidiary companies. We take time with investors and the management to gain an in-depth understanding of the current challenges in Asia and will guide you through the process of investment and improving operations. The extensive knowledge of investment and management in Southeast Asia and Greater China will be shared and applied in a most efficient way.

Interim Management

During challenging times, Seres Management has a team of experienced Asia and Greater China experts who can become part of your startup or change process by filling a key management role as an interim manager in your Asia operations, usually in the field of general management. Together we will define the strategic targets and implement the needed measures in order to achieve success, profitability and positive dynamics to make a competent team.

Supervisory

To ensure the compliance and profitability of your company, experienced supervisors and board directors with a profound knowledge of the local market and legal requirements are key to success. Seres Management has extensive experience in several industries and will give your company guidance through everyday business operations. We bring the Asia competence and knowledge into your Board of Asian subsidiary companies and will set up a professional board structure to build a strong bridge with your local management.

"Be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid of standing still."
- Chinese Proverb

David Schulte

Mr. David SCHULTE, an economist with excellent analytical skills, received his degree in International Business at the University of Business Administration and Economics, Vienna. At the same time, he completed his bachelor’s degree in Chinese studies at the University of Vienna. As an exchange student, he spent one year at Paradise High School, California, in the United States. David SCHULTE received scholarships to study Chinese language at the Beijing Language and Culture University and to do research for his master thesis in Beijing, China.

After graduation, Mr. David SCHULTE joined the Wuerth Group under the new leadership of Mr. Robert FRIEDMANN, CEO, to drive growth in the PR China which took him to places such as Tianjin, Beijing and Shenyang. He later left the Wuerth Group after receiving an offer to build up a company in China with the Austrian high-tech Getzner Group. In this role, he was responsible for setting up a joint venture company in Kunshan and a sales company in Beijing providing locally produced vibration-dampening products for the high-speed railway.

In 2010, Mr. David Schulte was given an Honorary Citizen of the city of Kunshan Award for his work in the promotion of high-tech companies.

In 2013, he set up Seres Management in Vienna in order to better serve the needs of clients by leading interim management projects in the fields of startup, change, M&A and liquidation. In the Eglo joint venture company in Dongguan (China), with around 1,000 employees, he was the first foreign person working in the Austrian-Chinese JV company. Later, he acted as the interim Vice GM of the biggest global Berndorf Group company, Aichelin China. Further interim postings followed. In parallel, he supported other companies with consultancy and made contributions to the growth of companies in the role of board director.

Currently, David SCHULTE is holding board positions in holding and subsidiary companies in China, Singapore and Thailand. He has been advising some of his clients for almost ten years.

  • Founder of SERES Management

  • Profound operational experience in numerous industries

  • More than 15 years leadership and management expertise in Asia working in numerous management positions

  • More than 10 years supervisory experience working in numerous boards of Asian holding and subsidiary companies

  • Excellent knowledge of Asian cultures especially Greater China; fluent in Mandarin

  • Degree in International Business

  • Bachelor degree in Chinese studies

Zhong Wanli

After graduating at the Nanjing Institute of Architectural and Civil Engineering in China, he started as a construction engineer. There he gained an in-depth knowledge of the management of construction projects in a state-dominated and highly competitive sector.

In 2001, Mr. Zhong took the decision to do his MBA at Nürtingen University of Applied Sciences. During his studies at university, he worked as a part time caterer at the airport in Stuttgart (Germany) until 2002. He started his career as a trainee at the Adolf Wuerth KG, and later became the Vice General Manager at Wuerth Hardware & Tools Co. in Shanghai.

In 2005, Mr ZHONG was in charge of the Wuerth Group in Tianjin for a decade with seven bureaus in total. Under ZHONG Wanli’s leadership, the company had a profit increase of up to 30% per year, underlining his excellent leadership and entrepreneurial skills. As the general manager of Wuerth Tianjin, he led Wuerth in Shenyang as well and became the CEO of Wuerth Co. Ltd. in China until 2015.

ZHONG Wanli held a position as a Board Member at the German Chamber of Commerce in Tianjin and since 2015 he has been a successful interim manager and strategic management advisor for Seres Management. Having him in this team, brings someone with deep and reflective knowledge in various industries along with Chinese cultural and leadership background.

  • Interim Manager at Seres Management

  • Long Term experience at Wuerth Group

  • Degree at Nuertingen University of Applied Sciences in Germany

  • Native in Chinese as well as very fluent in German and English

EXPERTS: Richard Hoffmann

Mr. Richard Hoffmann is the legal expert for Seres Management and brings extensive knowledge and many years of experience with him. He graduated in law and started his career at a boutique law firm in Heidelberg, Germany and New York, USA. In 2006 he moved to China. In 2012 he became Partner at Ecovis and co-founder of the law and tax firm Ecovis Beijing with over 70 employees, providing financial and legal services, accounting, audit and payroll. Since then, he has been supervising companies from different industry branches successfully, some for over half a decade.

For almost ten years, Richard Hoffmann is one of the six members of the marketing board at ECOVIS International as well as on the quality development board, management board and legal task force.

  • Partner & Lawyer at Ecovis Heidelberg

  • Member of the Management Board at ECOVIS International

  • Chair of Legal Task Force of ECOVIS International

  • Founded a law and tax firm in Beijing boasting the largest German client base and employing 70 professional legal and tax advisors – he sold the company at the end of 2019 to one of the top 10 private Equity Firms (CVC Capital Partners).

  • Supervisor for selected companies in China

  • Fully qualified licensed lawyer (Germany)

  • More than 15 years leadership experience in China

  • Fluent in English and German, with very good knowledge of Chinese