The event is open for all students who are interested in learning about industry trends and employment opportunities in China. Mr. Stephen Rector, an international retail executive and consultant will delineate all those inevitable factors to establish your career in the Chinese retail industry. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies with support from the Department of Education Title VI Program.
Mr. Rectors bio (https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-rector-3397987/)
Stephen Rector is an international retail executive and consultant, with extensive experience leading merchandise strategy, sourcing, pricing, and curation across a variety of channels, including ecommerce, mobile, physical stores, and digital marketplaces like Alibabas TMall & Taobao platforms, as well as Tencents Wechat platform. His work across a broad set of categories has yielded accelerated growth for digital and physical retail business models in both North America and Asia. Currently, Stephen is working with a brand management company based in New York City developing their direct to consumer business & overall ecommerce business strategy. Previously, Stephen helped establish Macys merchandise strategy and supply chain in China, creating a multimillion dollar international expansion business for the iconic American retailer and department store chain. Prior to Macys China, Stephen led womens merchandising for fast fashion retailer Rue21 and served in leadership positions at Macys Inc. in New York City.
His expertise and international business network spans across North America and Asia, helping companies build efficient global supply chains for fast fashion, navigate international customs for import & export, establish fashion & trend centers of excellence, recruit and develop talent, and deploy merchandise planning and forecasting tools. Whether working for Fortune 500 companies or emerging startups & brands, Stephen Rector engages at the appropriate levels to establish the operational processes, organizational skills, and business relationships to ensure that customers receive an elevated experience with products and brands that they love.
Stephen currently splits his time between New York, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. He holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Missouri.