UBM Boosts Talent Development in China with China Leadership Development Programme

2012-02-24 20:29 1778

HONG KONG, Feb. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- As part of the company's continuing investment and commitment to China, UBM ( launched the first China Leadership Development Programme (C-LDP) in 2011. This multidisciplinary programme is designed to develop and enhance the skills of the Mandarin-speaking executives and managers in UBM's diverse companies in China, one of its key growth markets. 20 senior managers from nine UBM divisions participated in the year-long programme and graduated in February 2012.

2011 graduates from UBM’s China Leadership Development Programme with Philip Chapnick, Group Chief Representative for UBM in China (second from the left in the back row) and other UBM senior executives

In this intensive training programme, senior leaders from UBM's diverse set of China offices are encouraged to make professional and personal breakthroughs and get to know each other as colleagues and friends. Participants attend classroom-based learning sessions; work on group-based assignments, and are provided with individual 360 degree feedback and coaching.

The C-LDP is a crucial part of the pyramid of UBM's talent management initiative, together with the global Business Leaders Programme (BLP) -- which has had seven Chinese participants throughout the years, Asia Business Leaders Programme Alumni (Asia BLP Alumni) and various divisional training programmes, all focused on motivating and retaining the right talent for the company.

According to Philip Chapnick, Group Chief Representative for UBM in China: "Our investment in our people and our continuing efforts to raise their skills levels to international standards is a core -- and fully integrated -- component of our global business strategy. We are very pleased with the achievements of the 2011 graduates. Over 40% of them have already been deployed to new roles; contributing to UBM's fast-growing businesses in China and offering even better service and greater value to our customers and partners across the country."

Comments from participants:

"I feel proud of going through this 1-year leadership journey together with so many outstanding peers."

"I learned a lot from not only the programme but also from each of you. The most amazing thing is to find more and more discretionary effort being generated from my direct reports after applying behaviour coaching in the daily work."

"C-LDP program helps me get a deeper grasp of what capabilities a leader needs to be equipped with to be successful. A series of leadership models and intriguing interactions among classmates really kept me engaged throughout the program. C-LDP program has a comprehensive curriculum that really compensates what I need to be a good leader and role model."

"Learning, sharing, improving."

22 candidates have been nominated to the second China Leadership Development Programme which will start in March 2012.

For press enquiries, please contact:

Jennifer Law, Director of Communications, UBM Asia
Tel: +852 2516 1691
Fax: +852 3749 7342

Violet Wong, Corporate Communications Executive, UBM Asia

Tel: +852 2516 1679
Fax: +852 3749 7342

Notes to Editors

1. About UBM plc (
UBM plc is a leading global company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

2. About UBM Asia (
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 18 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. We have over 200 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications, B2B/B2C portals and virtual event services. As Asia's leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in the two fastest growing markets in Asia: China and India, we stage the leading events of their kind across Asia. Our 150 events, 24 publications and 16 vertical portals serve a 1,000,000 plus quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events, quality and instant news on market and industry trends and round-the-clock online trading networks and sourcing platforms. We have 1,000 staff in 21 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.

Source: UBM Asia Ltd