Event Details

Industrial Automation, Industry 4.0 or Made in China 2025 are catchwords that we have started to hear on a daily basis as China strives to upgrade its manufacturing sector. But what does that mean for Western and Chinese manufacturing companies here in the Mainland? It is increasingly difficult to find professionals who have a strong understanding of automation in electronics and mechanics, as this is a fairly young industry in China. At the same time, the development of this industry needs to move forward quickly to meet the demands of senior professionals with several yearsof experience to handle these tasks. Miriam Wickertsheim, Director of Direct HR, will give an overview of the current talent availability and their locations in China, as well as their experience and background.

Talent identification and acquisition is challenging, especially in China’s evolving work force. Equally as challenging is retaining the current staff, especially in an environment where young employees change companies often. This changeability of staff leaves employers wondering what can be done to maintain their current workforce, and how to make that workforce more engaged in the company. Bethany Jeanfreau, Management Consultant of Campanile Management Consulting, will discuss measures that employers can take to retain the staff currently employed and help that staff to become more engaged in their daily work.

Companies have potential risks in brain drain; losing key employees creates a real threat to companies stability. To counteract that many employers use strategies such as retention bonus and other incentives in accordance with Labor Law of the People's Republic of China. Despite their best efforts, employee turnover occurs and it is the companies' job to reduce risk for themselves.Protecting trade secrets is key:confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation and other clauses should all be considered when employing staff. Wang Ying, Partner of Bird and Bird, will focus on the retention of employees and the protection of commercial secrets at the termination of the employment contract.

Attend this seminar to gain insight on Industry 4.0 and learn strategies for retaining your workforce while reducing corporate risk.


2 PM - 2:15 PM
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Recruitment and Retention Challenges | Industry 4.0, China 2025
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Retaining Employees By Campanile Management Consul4ng
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Overcoming Recruitment and Retention Challenges
3:45 PM - 4 PM
Thank You to Speakers and Networking


  • Miriam Wickertsheim (Director of Direct HR)

    Miriam Wickertsheim

    Director of Direct HR

    Ms. Miriam Wickertsheim, Director of Direct HR, holds a double degree in Asia Studies and Economics from Germany and Tsinghua University. She has spent more than a decade living and working in China, of which more than 6 years in supporting western SME's to find mid-to-senior level candidates for Engineering & Operations or Sales & Marketing related roles for their China operations. After living in Beijing for more than 8 years, she has in 2013 relocated to Shanghai. She is a frequent speaker at various prestigious organizations here in China. She speaks German, English and Chinese.

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  • Bethany Jeanfreau (Management Consultant at Campanile Management Consulting)

    Bethany Jeanfreau

    Management Consultant at Campanile Management Consulting

    Ms. Bethany Jeanfreau, Management Consultant of Campanile Management Consulting, is a Management Consultant specializing in communication and leadership development. Bethany began her career in business in the USA where she worked for more than ten years in a small manufacturing company. She was the special projects manager and sales manager before moving to China in 2011. In Shanghai she began her career in corporate training and then management consulting. In 2013 she joined Campanile Management Consulting, a Shanghai-based team delivering communication, leadership and recruitment consulting services.
    Bethany prefers to be active in the international business community. She is a partner/ board member for Image3D located in Oregon, USA. With Campanile she is an active member of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. She also volunteers with the Girl Scouts.

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  • Ying Wang (Partner at Bird and Bird)

    Ying Wang

    Partner at Bird and Bird

    Ms. Ying Wang, Partner at Bird and Bird, has about 15 years' experience across the full range of employment issues, including various PRC labour and social insurance regulatory matters, mass layoffs, labour disputes, M&A-related matters, cross-border employment, and daily corporate labour issues. In addition, Ying was appointed as a Part-time Arbitrator of the Shanghai Labour Dispute Arbitration Committee in September 2004 and advises on labour arbitration and litigation.

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Member Price RMB 150
Member Price (Pay at the door) RMB 150
Standard Price RMB 250
Door Price RMB 250