Wang Jianlin, Chairman of Wanda Group shakes hands with Harvard University President Catharine Drew Gilpin Faust
Wang Jianlin, Chairman of Wanda Group, was invited to serve as the Vice Chair of Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council by Catharine Drew Gilpin Faust, the President of Harvard University.
The Global Advisory Council is Harvard’s most authoritative advisory body, designed to offer advice and suggestions on the university’s global strategy. The council is comprised of leading individuals from various sectors and chaired by Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Carlyle Group, David Rubenstein. Harvard University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world and it is a great honor for Wang Jianlin to serve as Vice Chair of its Global Advisory Council.
Wanda aims to become a leading MNC, a goal it plans to achieve via making overseas development a key strategic focus even as it continues to expand its domestic footprint. Wanda has invested billions of dollars overseas in high-profile acquisitions over the last few years, such as AMC Theaters, HOYTS Cinemas, Sunseeker International, Infront Media & Sports and Club Atlético de Madrid. Wanda has also announced property investments in cities such as London, Madrid, Chicago, Los Angeles, Sydney, and the Gold Coast.
Wanda has also been active in top business and political circles. Wang Jianlin met with US President Barack Obama at the SelectUSA Investment Summit back in March and has also met with numerous heads of state such as UK Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot among others. Furthermore, Mr. Wang has delivered keynote speeches at various world-renowned universities such as Harvard in the past. Harvard Business School has incorporated Wanda’s high-profile acquisitions of AMC Cinemas and Infront Sports & Media into its case studies.
Mr. Wang will likely attend the upcoming annual meeting of the Global Advisory Council of Harvard University this year.