Time Inc.’s FORTUNE to Convene China’s Tech Leaders and Global 500 CEOs in Guangzhou


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) FORTUNE announced today some of the world’s most prominent business leaders as speakers for the 2017 FORTUNE Global Forum (December 6--8) and for the inaugural FORTUNE Brainstorm Tech International (December 5--6), both taking place in Guangzhou, China. The list includes Global 500 CEOs as well as CEOs of China’s largest tech companies. An additional lineup of speakers will be announced later this fall.

“We’re excited to bring together the world’s top business and technology leaders at this crucial time of change in China and in the global economy,” said Time Inc. Chief Content Officer Alan Murray, who will speak today about the upcoming FORTUNE events at a dinner in San Francisco leading up to the Global Forum. “Guangzhou has been a center for international commerce for centuries, and Guangdong Province has become the locus for Chinese innovation. These two events will bring top business leaders from all over the world to Guangzhou, give them an opportunity to discuss and debate the next critical phase of globalization, and expose them to the most exciting developments in Chinese technology and innovation."

Confirmed speakers for the 2017 FORTUNE Global Forum, taking place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Guangzhou, include the following China tech leaders: Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, Baidu CEO Robin Li, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, Huawei Rotating CEO Ken Hu, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing, and Tencent CEO Pony Ma. Additional speakers at this year’s Global Forum include: Atlantis Investment Management Group Chairwoman Yang Liu, Broad Group CEO Zhang Yue, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, Dalian Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin, DreamWorks Cofounder Jeffrey Katzenberg, GGV Capital Managing Partner Hans Tung, Guangzhou Automobile Group Chairman Zeng Qinghong, Guangzhou Pharmaceutical Holdings Chairman Li Chuyuan, Haier Group CEO Zhang Ruimin, HSBC Group CEO Stuart Gulliver, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky, Neusoft CEO Liu Jiren, Ofo CEO Dai Wei, Royal Philips CEO Frans van Houten, Tata Sons Chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Walmart Chairman Greg Penner, WPP CEO Martin Sorrell, and Yuexiu Financial Holdings Chairman Zhang Zhaoxing, and others.

The three-day forum, themed “Openness and Innovation: Shaping the Global Economy,” will bring together CEOs from the world’s biggest companies—the FORTUNE Global 500—with leaders from China in both business and government. This year’s event will be the 15th FORTUNE Global Forum and the fifth one held in China.

FORTUNE Brainstorm Tech International is a new conference that will convene leaders in the innovation economy space December 5–6, at Guangzhou’s Four Seasons Hotel. This new event will tap into the strength of FORTUNE’s U.S.-based Brainstorm Tech conference, which for the past 16 summers has brought together leaders in tech, media, entertainment, and finance in Aspen, Colorado. Brainstorm Tech International will explore the innovation revolution unfolding in China, including homegrown innovation and mass implementation in fields including artificial intelligence, social media, biotech, fintech, virtual reality, automotive, the sharing economy, and mobile platforms.

Early confirmed speakers for FORTUNE Brainstorm Tech International include: Airbnb Cofounder Nate Blecharczyk, China RenaissanceCEO Fan Bao, CreditEase CEO Tang Ning, DJI President Roger Luo, Mobike CEO Davis Wang, Mobvoi CEO Zhifei Li, Payoneer CEO Scott Galit, Ping An Insurance COO and CIO Jessica Tan, Samsung Electronics AmericaCMO Marc Mathieu, Shunwei Capital CEO Tuck Lye Koh, Vipkid CEO Cindy Mi, and Xiaohongshu CofounderMiranda Qu.

The two-day event will bring together some of China’s most promising start-up companies and emerging tech stars. The program will feature innovators in China who are finding new pathways to success as well as leaders from around the world, including Silicon Valley, Israel, Europe and other parts of Asia.

Participation in the FORTUNE Global Forum and Brainstorm Tech International is by invitation only.

The host city for the 2017 FORTUNE Global Forum is Guangzhou, China. Partner sponsors for the Forum include presenting partner HSBC; plus China Southern Airlines, Guangzhou Automobile Group, GE, Guangzhou Pharmaceutical Company, Herman Miller, Huawei, Insigniam, Midea, Shuijingfang, and Yuexiu Financial Holdings. The Forum’s knowledge partner is McKinsey & Company. The Global Forum supplier is International SOS.

Guangzhou Automobile Group is the presenting partner sponsor for FORTUNE Brainstorm Tech International.

FORTUNE is a global leader in business journalism with major franchises that include the FORTUNE 500 and the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For. The Global Forum is one of the signature live events produced annually by FORTUNE Live Media, including FORTUNE Most Powerful Women, FORTUNE Brainstorm Tech and FORTUNE MPW Next Gen. Time Inc. is a global leader in live media with some of the world’s most prestigious brand events, including the FOOD & WINE Classic, ESSENCE Festival, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Swimsuit, Time 100 Gala and many more.


Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is a leading multi-platform consumer media company that engages over 170 million consumers globally every month. The company's influential brands include PEOPLE, TIME, FORTUNE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, INSTYLE, REAL SIMPLE, SOUTHERN LIVING and TRAVEL + LEISURE, as well as approximately 60 diverse international brands. Time Inc. offers marketers a differentiated proposition in the marketplace by combining its powerful brands, trusted content, audience scale, direct relationships with consumers and unique first-party data. The company is home to growing media and platforms, including digital video, OTT, television, licensing, paid products and services and celebrated live events, such as the TIME 100, FORTUNE Most Powerful Women, PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s Sportsperson of the Year, the ESSENCE Festival and the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.

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