Liming Chen

Liming Chen is a transformational and transboundary business leader with a track record of 30+ years with MNCs across a range of industries and diversified cultures. He has led corporate transformation, business turnaround, performance improvement, and governance enhancement.

Liming Chen is currently the Chairman of IBM Great China Group and is accountable for overall performance of IBM Great China Group (GCG) across multiple business units. Since joining IBM in 2015, Mr. Chen has designed and implemented ‘IBM Greater China Group Strategy’ and 'Made with China' initiatives adapted to the new business era. He leads the transformation of the traditional core business of GCG and at the same time drives the new strategic initiatives of cognitive solutions and cloud platform. He fosters the culture of One Team with Shared Goal to encourage co-creation across business areas and functions. He has driven process simplification to make the company more client and market centric, and enhanced governance by creating a responsible culture.

Mr. Chen is a member of IBM’s Performance Team and Acceleration Team.

Prior to IBM, commencing in 2008, Liming Chen served BP China as the President of Great China as well as the Chairman of BP (China) Holding Company. He chaired the BP China Executive Committee (CEC) to coordinate executive management across businesses areas and functions, developing the country strategy and the very first cross-BP Group that laid the foundations for business growth. He brought BP upstream back to the country; and led the successful entry and approvals from partners and government into deep water acreage, and developed a pipeline of opportunities with Chinese national oil companies.

He started his career as an assistant researcher in 1982, and between 1991 and 1994, was a senior research fellow at Singapore Institute of Standards & Industrial Research in food technology. In 1994, he joined Condea Chemie GmbH in Singapore and later moved back to China as the Deputy General Manager of Condea China Chemical Company, and later as General Manager and Managing Director. He successfully turned around the troubled company within a year after being appointed as the managing director. He was appointed as Executive Vice President of Sasol China in 2006. 

He has served on many boards of directors over the past years. Mr. Chen has served on the boards of China Aviation Oil Company (Singapore), Cornell University China Advisory Board, China Eastern Science and Technology University, and others.  He is an honorary professor at the University of Edinburgh. He was appointed to be the Senior International Advisor to the Governor of Shaanxi Province in 2017. 

Liming Chen obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Xinjiang Shihezi University in 1982 and Master’s degree from Cornell University in 1989. He completed the Advance Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2003 and MCB class at HBS in 2013.  He and his family currently live in Beijing.