Tuesday, January 19, 2010

On the SOHO China CEO: One of the great characteristics of the Baha'i faith is consultation.

 Extolling consultation. -gw

Are there any difficulties having two people — yourself and your husband (Pan Shiyi, who has the role of company chairman) — at the top?
One of the great characteristics of the Baha'i faith (the religion both Zhang and Pan now subscribe to) is consultation. We consult not just with each other but with colleagues. No decision is made dictatorially by anybody in this company. I think that is the real character of SOHO, it has always been very open, even more so today.

Do you think people associate SOHO China heavily with Pan and yourself?
They do, but what can you do? When you think about Apple you think about Steve Jobs. But it was very organic: it wasn't designed. We needed to sell, we needed to build a brand name, so we needed to come out and talk, and the media likes to talk to private entrepreneurs. We are not state-owned so we don't have restrictions on what to say and what not to say. We can speak very honestly and the media needs that honesty so naturally it became this way.  

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