The years ahead promise to bring tremendous opportunities to AmCham China: the opportunity to shape one of the most important bi-lateral relationships in the world, the opportunity to encourage constructive dialogue rather than ideological brinksmanship, and the opportunity to deliver significant benefits to American businesses seeking a stable environment for growth in one of the world’s biggest markets.
Although the geopolitical backdrop is as challenging as it has ever been and the list of issues defining the US-China relationship is increasingly contentious, there continue to exist areas where mutual interests are aligned and that provide fertile ground for cooperation. These areas of cooperation are the building blocks for greater engagement. Financial services is one such area, and the continued investment by the foreign financial services community in onshore platforms is not only to a testament the opportunities that lie ahead, but also a successful test case for carving out win-win opportunities in a challenging geopolitical environment. As US firms, such as Morgan Stanley or Blackrock, enhance their presence “in China, for China,” they are able to provide value simultaneously to Chinese clients and international stakeholders.
AmCham China is well positioned identify and build from these and other areas of potential cooperation, working across industries and leveraging small wins to build trust that will open the door to solutions on more contentious issues. It is critical that the leadership of AmCham China work closely with its membership to identify issues, facilitate cooperation and build a firm foundation of tangible successes that will set the stage for constructive dialogue on more complicated structural issues.
After nearly 15 years in China – first as a lawyer with Skadden, Arps, then as an executive with the National Basketball Association and now in a management role as the Chief Operating Officer for China at Morgan Stanley, I have been a representative and a key stakeholder in successful cooperation across various industries. I have been a member of AmCham China since 2007 and was honored to serve on the Board of Governors in 2018 and prior to that as the Chair of the Young Professionals Committee for a number of years. These experiences have afforded me both the perspective and the skill set to serve as an effective representative on the Board of Governors.
If re-elected to the Board of Governors for 2022, I will be highly focused on connecting with members across industries and insuring that we as a community are identifying as clearly as possible to stakeholders in both Washington, DC and Beijing, areas of alignment, opportunities for cooperation and a path toward constructive dialogue and deeper engagement. With that foundation, I am confident that we can build historic partnerships for members and nations alike.
I am seeking your support for Governor and would be honored to serve AmCham China and each of its members again. I am open to speak at any time (firstname.lastname@example.org) and hope to connect directly over the coming months.
Mr. Huff is a Managing Director and Morgan Stanley’s Chief Operating Officer for China. He serves as a Director of various Morgan Stanley entities and joint ventures, including Morgan Stanley Huaxin Fund Management Company and Morgan Stanley Bank International (China), and as a Supervisor for Morgan Stanley Securities (China).
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Huff was Vice President, Branded Attractions at NBA China where he was responsible for developing the NBA’s branded attractions business throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. He also served as Associate Counsel of NBA China providing legal, regulatory and tactical advice with respect to general corporate affairs and strategic initiatives. Prior to joining NBA China, Mr. Huff worked as an attorney in the New York and Beijing offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Mr. Huff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.