James McGregor is an American author, journalist, and businessman who has lived in China for more than twenty-five years. He is Chairman of APCO Worldwide, Greater China and a Senior Advisor to Pacific Epoch. A professional speaker and commentator who specializes in China’s business, politics, and society, he regularly appears in the media to discuss China-related topics. He is also a contributor to The Atlantic.
McGregor is the author of the books No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers: The Challenges of Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism (Prospecta Press, 2012) and One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China (Simon and Schuster, 2005). He also wrote the 2010 report “China’s Drive for ‘Indigenous Innovation’—A Web of Industrial Policies.”
From 1987 to 1990, McGregor served as The Wall Street Journal’s bureau Chief in Taiwan, and from 1990 to 1994 as the paper’s bureau Chief in Mainland China. From 1994 to 2000, he was Chief Executive of Dow Jones & Company in China. After leaving Dow Jones, he was China Managing Partner for GIV Venture Partners, a $140 million venture capital fund specializing in the Chinese Internet and technology outsourcing.
In 1996, McGregor was elected as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He also served for a decade as a governor of that organization. He is a member of the Atlantic Council, Council on Foreign Relations, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and International Council of Asia Society. He serves on a variety of China-related advisory boards. He and his family live in Beijing.