David Wolf is Managing Director of Allison+Partners’ Global China Practice. Counseling American, Chinese, and European clients in a range of industries, Wolf created and leads a practice focused on helping clients manage the unique communications and marketing challenges that arise when Western firms do business in China, and when Chinese firms expand outside of the PRC. David is a recognized leader in the industry in China and a pioneer in the field of strategic corporate communications.

In addition, David is called upon by regional and global media as an analyst and commentator on business in China, and contributes to publications including Foreign Policy, The Holmes Report, EuroBiz, Advertising Age magazine, and WARC. David is an Editorial Advisor for the China Economic Quarterly, and is the author of Making the Connection: The Peaceful Rise of China’s Telecommunications Giants (Wolf Group Asia, 2012). Wolf’s next book, Public Relations in China: Building and Defending Your Brand in the PRC, will be published by Palgrave in July 2015.

Prior to joining Allison+Partners, Wolf spent seven years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Wolf Group Asia (WGA), a Beijing-based strategic corporate communications advisory firm. Serving clients including Discovery Networks, Motorola Mobility, Google, Foxconn, Blizzard, AOL, About.com, and Irdeto, WGA won both client and industry accolades and was named Asia-Pacific Boutique Consultancy of the Year for 2012 by SABRE/Holmes Report.

Before starting WGA in 2005, Wolf led the Asia-Pacific Technology Practice for Burson-Marsteller, leading a team of nearly 50 professionals in offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney. He took the Asia-Pacific post after having founded B-M's Technology Practice in China in 2000, growing it into China's largest technology, media, and telecommunications public relations organization and winning a dozen major industry awards for client work.

Prior to joining Burson-Marsteller, Wolf was Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Claydon Gescher Associates (CGA), a boutique strategy and public affairs consultancy based in Beijing with a focus on media, entertainment, and telecommunications.

Wolf lived in China for nearly two decades, and now divides his time between China and the U.S. He holds a Masters degree in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of California, Davis. In addition to English, he is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish. He also blogs at Silicon Hutong and The Peking Review.

Last Updated: July 24, 2014

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