Miao Wei

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Miao Wei
苗圩
Minister of Industry and Information Technology
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 2010
Premier Wen Jiabao
Li Keqiang
Preceded by Li Yizhong
Personal details
Born May 1955 (age 59)
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater Hefei University of Technology
Central Party School
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Miao.

Miao Wei (Chinese: ; born May 1955) is a politician and business executive of the People's Republic of China. He is the Minister of Industry and Information Technology and former Communist Party Chief of Wuhan, capital of Hubei province.[1][2][3] Prior to that Miao was President of Dongfeng Motor, China's then second biggest carmaker. He was credited with rescuing Dongfeng from near bankruptcy and turning it into a profitable company.[4]

Career[edit]

Miao Wei is a native of Beijing. Beginning to 1974 he worked as a rusticated youth in rural Feixi County of Anhui province. After the Cultural Revolution he was admitted to Hefei University of Technology in 1978, where he studied at the department of the internal combustion engine, graduating in 1982. He joined the Communist Party of China in September 1984.[1][2][3]

After college Miao worked for the China Auto Import-Export Corporation for ten years. By the age of 30 he was deputy manager for the company's sales division as well as the manufacturing division. In 1993 he was transferred to the then First Ministry of Machine-Building Industry, where he was the Deputy Director of the Automobile Department until 1995 and Assistant General Engineer for the next two years.[4]

In September 1997 the central government transferred Miao to the government-owned Dongfeng Motor Corporation to lead its turnaround effort. Then China's second-biggest carmaker, Dongfeng had 120,000 employees and lost over 500 million yuan in 1998.[4] Miao implemented radical reforms at Dongfeng, adopting Western management methodology and establishing alliances with foreign carmakers Nissan and PSA Peugeot Citroën. The company turned a profit within two years, and by 2003 its profits had rocketed to 6.1 billion yuan. In 2004 BusinessWeek nominated Miao Wei as a "Star of Asia" for "transform[ing] Dongfeng from an almost bankrupt military truck maker into a profitable manufacturer of both trucks and passenger cars."[4]

In May 2005 Miao Wei was appointed the Communist Party Chief of Wuhan, capital of Hubei province and where Dongfeng is headquartered. He was also made a member of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the Communist Party.[1][2][3]

In March 2008 Miao was transferred to the central government to serve as Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology, and was promoted to Minister in December 2010, replacing Li Yizhong.[1][2][3]

Miao was an alternate member of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and is a full member of the 18th Central Committee.[1][2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Miao Wei". China Vitae. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "苗圩" [Miao Wei] (in Chinese). Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "苗圩简历" [Biography of Miao Wei] (in Chinese). People's Daily. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  4. ^ a b c d Wenxian Zhang; Ilan Alon, eds. (2011). Biographical Dictionary of New Chinese Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders. Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 9781848449510. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Li Yizhong
Minister of Industry and Information Technology
December 2010 – present
Incumbent