Shirley Young is President of Shirley Young Associates, LLC, a business advisory company, and serves as senior adviser to General Motors Asia Pacific. From 1988-2000 she served as Corporate Vice President of General Motors and Co-lead its entry into China with the 1.2 billion dollar Shanghai GM joint venture building Buicks. Prior to that, Shirley Young spent her earlier career at Grey Advertising as Executive Vice President and President of Grey Strategic Marketing. She has received many awards for her achievements in marketing and advertising.Shirley Young has served on the Board of Salesforce.com and as Director of Teletech Holdings Inc, Bank of America, Verizon Corporation, Dayton-Hudson/Target Corporation, Holiday Inn/Promus/Harrah’s and as Vice Chairman of the Nominating Committee of the New York Stock Exchange.
Ms. Young served as the first chair and a founding member of the Committee of 100, and is currently governor of the Committee of 100 and chairs its US China Cultural Institute. She is a board director of the New York Philharmonic Board and of National Dance Institute. She is currently focused on cultural and educational collaborations between the US and China. She serves on the Asia Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy and is director emeritus of its global Board.
She is a Senior Advisor and former trustee of Wellesley College. She has served on the board of directors at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Associates of Harvard Business School and Philips Academy. In China, Ms. Young has served as honorary professor of Tsinghua University, Beijing; Tongji University, Shanghai; and Huazhong Technology University, Wuhan; and honorary trustee of Jiao Tong University in Shanghai.
She is the mother of three sons and the proud daughter of her 109 year old mother, Juliana Young (Mrs Wellington) Koo.