Conference Speakers

James E. Thompson, GBS  

Chairman and Chief Executive of the Crown Worldwide Group of Companies

James E. Thompson is the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Crown Worldwide Group of Companies. Crown Worldwide is a logistics company performing various types of warehousing and transportation services throughout the world. The Crown Group is the largest privately owned company in the field of international removals with 145 worldwide locations owned in 43 countries around the world. Crown is also a leader in the field of document management with over six million cartons of business documents managed from its worldwide facilities.

Mr. Thompson graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He came to Asia shortly after completion of his university studies and has lived in Japan and Hong Kong ever since. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the San Jose State University Business School.

The Crown Worldwide Group employs over 3500 full time staff around the world as well as a large number of contracted personnel. The company has been awarded the prestigious Hong Kong Award for Services in Export Marketing, and received the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce Innovative Services Award twice. Crown has also received the DHL/South China Morning Post International Award as Hong Kong's best international company.

Mr. Thompson serves as the Chairman of HKTDC Logistics Services Advisory Committee. He is currently a member of the Investment Promotion Ambassador Scheme, a Board Member of Ocean Park Corporation and a non-executive Director of the Board of the Wharf (Holdings) Ltd. He served as a Council member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council from 2002 to 2004, a member of the Hong Kong Trade and Industry Advisory Board and a member of the ICAC Advisory Committee on Corruption. He also served two terms as the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong for 2002 and 2003.

Additionally, Mr. Thompson serves as a member of the Hong Kong Forum and Vision 2047 which are organizations that actively discuss Hong Kong issues with visiting politicians, journalists and academics that visit Hong Kong. He is also a member of the Board of the Hong Kong- America Centre and has been a delegate representing Hong Kong on numerous Hong Kong Trade Development Council trade missions around the world.

Mr. Thompson also serves as Chairman or as a Board member of numerous charitable organizations. His particular interests are charities related to children, cancer and education. He is a member of the fund raising committee of Save the Children, a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care, is on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and a trustee of Outward Bound. He currently chairs the Annual "Hike for Hospice" Charity event.

Mr. Thompson was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star, Hong Kong's second highest awards, by the Hong Kong Government in 2003.

Mr. Thompson is a U.S. citizen and a permanent resident of Hong Kong having lived here for 26 years. His wife, Sally, is British. His two children Jennifer and James Jr. works for Crown New York and Crown Beijing respectively.