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Sweet times lie ahead for Hershey's

By Wei Tian in Shanghai (China Daily) Updated: 2014-11-21 10:47

Please name some places in China that impressed you most and destinations that you have not visited but want to explore.

I was really impressed with Shanghai. It is a beautiful city with a good contrast between modern and traditional.

I recently visited Chengdu after several years and was amazed by the city's rapid progress.

The amazing lakes in Wuxi and Hangzhou have also captivated me.

As for places I would like to visit, it would be Chongqing and Tibet.

What's the best way to break the ice with a Chinese businessman? Give three words to describe them.

The best way is to discover what is important to them and ask to learn about whatever that is.

Meeting over a meal and drinks also makes things less formal and helps in getting to know the person better.

It is important to "take the time to make a connection".

The three words I would use to describe the businessmen and women I work with in China are:

Driven, humble, and smart.

What kind of experience has shaped your thoughts the most?

Growing up in a relatively poor immigrant family and inner city environment was foundational to how I live and interact with others.

I have received encouragement from my family, friends and my wife and that has helped me throughout my life and career.

Professionally it has been about recognition - both positively and constructively.

When I have been recognized by others for a job well done I think through the elements of that success so that I can leverage them going forward.

Conversely, there have been times when I have not been successful (I hate to fail) and I try to use that as a learning as well.

I have been greatly shaped by meeting people who I admire and want to emulate.

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