Jack Perkowski

Upon graduating Cum Laude from Yale (1970), where he received the Gordon Brown Memorial Prize awarded each year to the outstanding member of the Junior Class, and the Harvard Business School (1973) where he graduated with High Distinction and was named a Baker Scholar, Jack Perkowski spent 20 years on Wall Street, rising to head of Investment Banking at PaineWebber.

Over the course of his career on Wall Street, Jack held a variety of positions in PaineWebber’s Investment Banking Division. He completed private placements, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings, rebuilt PaineWebber’s Real Estate Group after it was decimated by defections, and dramatically increased investment banking revenues as head of Investment Banking from 1985 to 1988. In 1987, Jack negotiated, and then renegotiated after the stock market collapse on Black Monday, October 19th, a $300 million equity infusion into PaineWebber by the Yasuda Life Insurance Company of Japan.

In 1990, well before others recognized the significant role that China would play in the global economy, Jack spent three years investigating opportunities in Asia and China, leading to the founding of ASIMCO Technologies in 1994, a major industrial enterprise in China’s automotive industry, which he built and ran for fifteen years before it was sold to Bain Capital in 2009.

Jack served as Chairman of ASIMCO’s Board of Directors and was Chief Executive Officer of the company from 1994 to 2008. He developed the strategy, raised the capital and assembled the management team that has enabled ASIMCO to become one of the most important players in China’s automotive components industry.

Headquartered in Beijing with 12,000 employees throughout the country, ASIMCO is a unique foreign-invested company that was established specifically to serve the China market.

When Jack left the company, ASIMCO operated 17 manufacturing facilities in China with 52 sales offices throughout the country, as well as offices in the United States, Europe and Japan. Currently, ASIMCO derives approximately 85 percent of its sales from China, its main market. Within China, ASIMCO has a dominant position in the commercial vehicle segment where up to 25 percent of the components used in a diesel engine made in the country may be sourced from ASIMCO factories.

Under Jack’s leadership, ASIMCO gained a reputation for developing local management and integrating a broad based China operation into the global economy. ASIMCO was three times named one of the “Ten Best Employers in China” in surveys conducted by Hewitt Associates and leading news organizations in Asia. In 2008, Jack was designated by China Auto News one of “30 Outstanding Entrepreneurs in China’s Auto Components Industry over the 30 Years of Economic Reform,” the only foreigner to receive this distinction.

Jack serves on the China Advisory Council of Magna International Inc., one of the world’s largest auto suppliers; the Board of Advisers for the Center For Emerging Markets at Northeastern University in the United States; and the Board of Advisers of Transmetrics, Inc., a European logistics software company. He is the Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Management and Economics (IABME) at Tianjin University in China; the NonExecutive Chairman of OC3 Entertainment, Inc., a leading facial animation company; and the Non-Executive Chairman of Talkr, Inc., a creator of mobile phone applications. Previously, Jack served on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Special Committee of Fushi Copperweld, Inc., a leading bimetallic company that was listed on NASDAQ before taken private by its Chairman.

Widely recognized as an expert on doing business in China, Jack authored Managing the Dragon: How I’m Building a Billion Dollar Business In China, published by Crown Publishing, a division of Random House, in March 2008. The Chinese edition of the book was published by China Youth Press in May 2008. Jack has also written numerous articles on China and doing business in the country for the Far Eastern Economic Review, AmCham’s China Brief, BusinessForum China, Huffington Post and other publications.

Jack is a frequent speaker and commentator on the subject of China to the broadcast media, including CNN, CNBC, Fox, BBC, NPR and CCTV, as well as a variety of audiences worldwide: universities, business schools, corporate and industry conferences, and various chapters of the Council on Foreign Relations, Asia Society, YPO and other professional organizations. He provides timely insights into ongoing developments in the country on www.managingthedragon.com.


Doing Business in China

Jack Perkowski, the founder and CEO of ASIMCO Technologies, one of the largest, Western-owned components manufacturing businesses in China, shares with audiences the importance of developing a local management team and how to successfully navigate around the cultural differences and China’s unique ways of doing business to achieve business and financial success.

Business Outlook for China

Jack Perkowski, a successful Western entrepreneur doing business in China, shares his thoughts on what the future holds for the largest market in the world.  Taking an economic snapshot of China, Mr. Perkowski provides insight into how other economies affect China and the implications of China’s rise, what to anticipate – and what to look out for.


Dear Jack,

The comments from the group have been laudatory.  You really were perfect. The combination of solid information, a fascinating personal story and an easy going but authoritative style is golden.  Any chance of an autobiography??

You make me want to go back to China asap.

Thank you for agreeing to meet with a group of ours in Beijing or to suggest
someone.  Joan Russell, Travel Director, will be in touch when we have our
next departure.

Thank you so much for a splendid job.  It was a personal pleasure to see you
again an a professional privilege to present you to our members

With all good wishes

Buntzie Ellis Churchill
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

Hi Geoff, greetings from Beijing.  I just wanted you to know that Jack hit the ball out of the park today.  He spoke at our Exec Luncheon in Beijing and he was terrific.  Thanks for hooking us up.  It was truly value added for all of the Microsoft execs.


Maggie Wilderotter

Dear Jack,

Wei Li officially announced in class today that based on the survey result, you are the best speaker of the term (I believe that it is a 100% consensus). Congratulations!

Look forward to seeing you again soon.

Zhihao(Danny) Yang
University of Virginia
Darden Graduate School of Business Administration



I just wanted to send you a personal, heartfelt thanks for a terrific meeting with our students last week.   To say they loved it would be an understatement – they were inspired by it, and who knows where that may lead?  You were really kind to take time out of your busy schedule for us – thanks again.

David Beim
Columbia University

Willy Lam 林和立

China Politics & Foreign Policy Expert

Chris Chan 陳維康

Professor In Residence of Richard Ivey School of Business and Ivey Asia