Managing Director & Senior Partner; APAC Regional Leader, Public Sector Practice
Ms. Yvonne Zhou is a Managing Director and Senior Partner of Boston Consulting Group (BCG). She leads Public Sector Practice in Asia-Pacific region and Greater China. She is a global topic leader of Urbanization & Real Estate and a topic leader of Climate and Sustainability in Greater China. She is a Co-Chair of Global Future of City Center. She also leads BCG's Beijing office.
Since joining BCG in 2004, Yvonne has worked primarily in the areas of corporate strategy, zone and economic planning, go-to-market strategy, organization structure, and operational optimization in the technology, media, telecommunications, real estate, and city development sectors.
Before joining BCG, Yvonne worked with ZS Associates. She has also worked with Y.D. Communication in Switzerland as a television producer and with Rhone-Poulenc (now Sanofi) in China as a sales and marketing assistant.
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