My name is Roan Kang, and I am running for election to AmCham China’s 2023 Board of Governors. I would be honored to receive your vote for this important position guiding the organization and contributing to its success.
I am a U.S. citizen of Chinese descent, born and raised in New York City. As a China matter expert, I am committed to building a positive environment for, and image of, U.S. businesses operating in China. I support a stable and constructive U.S.-China relationship with the open exchange of goods and ideas at its foundation. As the external context facing the business community becomes increasingly complex, the role of AmCham China as the voice of the American business community has become increasingly important.
Microsoft has deeply engaged with AmCham as a Digital Circle member. I’m committed to sharing both my China experience and lessons learned from a global business career spanning US, Europe, Asia, and China. I would like to help contribute to constructive engagement with both the US and PRC governments to improve the business environment in China for all American businesses.
As Vice President for Microsoft and Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Greater China Region (GCR), I am in charge of establishing and executing product and marketing strategy as well as business operations in the region. My team and I are also responsible for managing the needs in China of what we call Global Accounts, the largest multinational customers globally for Microsoft. I have also served as the Executive Sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion for Microsoft GCR since 2016.
My extensive experience across regions, managing diverse businesses, employees, and cultures across more than 80 countries, can provide a fresh perspective for AmCham and the board committee for advocacy efforts and respond to complex issues from the business perspective.
Participation in AmCham’s mission to help American companies succeed in China through advocacy, information, networking, and business support services is one way that I believe I can further extend our legacy, for the broader American business community including Microsoft.
I will work tirelessly on behalf of our shared interests as a trusted partner and would be grateful to have your support.
Roan Kang, Vice President for Microsoft and Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Greater China Region (GCR), is in charge of establishing and executing product and marketing strategy as well as business operations in the region. In this role, he is also accountable for managing in China Global Accounts, Microsoft’s largest global multinational customers. Roan has also been the executive sponsor of Diversity and Inclusion in GCR for Microsoft since 2016.
Roan joined Microsoft in 2002. Prior to his current role in GCR, Roan was the General Manager of Marketing and Operations at Microsoft Taiwan, responsible for all of the products and services of Microsoft Taiwan and ensuring the effective operation of the subsidiary. At the same time, from 2015-2021, he also served as the AI and Internet of Things Lead (IoT) across the Microsoft Greater China Region, responsible for the strategy and promotion of Microsoft IoT solutions in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. In 2017 he also served as the GCR Solutions Technical Unit Sales leader.
Previously, Roan served as the Office business group lead of Microsoft Japan. Prior to that, he was also the chief of staff for President of Microsoft International, Jean-Philippe Courtois, based in France. He began his career at Microsoft in the headquarters in Seattle, WA, as the executive speechwriter of Chairman Bill Gates, the worldwide launch lead of Office 2007, and the first worldwide product manager for Microsoft OneNote.
In 2015 he won a Platinum Circle of Excellence award, which is given to less than 1% of employees at Microsoft.
Roan received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and has an AB in East Asian Studies focused on the economic and political history of Modern China from Harvard University.