President and Managing Director of China Operations
Tracy Colgan is President of KAI and Managing Director of KAI’s China Operations. In these capacities, she is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of KAI, as well as overseeing the structuring and implementation of client engagements involving China and the Asia Pacific Region. Ms. Colgan joined KAI in 1993 as a consultant, later rising to the position of lead consultant and then managing director, and was appointed president in 2000.
In addition to her executive and management responsibilities, Ms. Colgan remains heavily involved in strategy formulation and implementation for KAI’s clients. She is particularly well-known for her abilities in ensuring that clients achieve their direct investment goals in China, blending her expertise in China-specific issues and cultural sensitivities with a keen understanding of business fundamentals. Ms. Colgan was responsible for negotiating China’s first major overseas acquisition in 1993 and remains at the forefront of cross-border M&A.
Ms. Colgan’s experience has spanned a range of sectors and functional areas. Sectors in which she has been involved in China on behalf of KAI clients include financial services, chemicals, paper and packaging, aviation, entertainment, publishing, and natural resources. Examples of direct investment projects she has led to completion include: a $30 million joint venture chemicals manufacturing facility in Shanghai, a $50 million wholly foreign owned enterprise (WFOE) based in Guangzhou, a joint venture with the People’s Bank of China in Beijing involving issues of high national priority to China, and a cooperative aviation venture based out of Zhuhai, near the border with Macau. Ms. Colgan has not only driven the partner identification, due diligence, negotiation, and approval processes for these investment projects, but has remained closely involved as an advisor to the Board of Directors on ongoing operational issues.
An Australian citizen, Ms. Colgan holds Bachelor of Arts (Honors) and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Melbourne, Australia’s top-ranked university. Following university, she was awarded a private corporate scholarship by Qantas to study Mandarin at the Beijing Languages Institute. She was then awarded a two-year scholarship from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under which she completed post-graduate study at Wuhan University and in Beijing at People’s University. Ms. Colgan is a member of the Board of Directors of AustCham Beijing.
Ms. Colgan is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.