Flexible friends

“I respect him as a teacher, an older brother and a friend”

Ren Jianxin attends a meeting in Beijing

Ren Jianxin

ChemChina boss Ren Jianxin on Pirelli’s CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera. “If he wasn’t a good man, how could I shake hands with him, let alone hold hands with him in this partnership?” Ren told the Financial Times. Ren added that he will give Provera a lot of decisionmaking latitude after the Pirelli acquisition: “I always say to our overseas CEOs that from an ownership perspective I am your boss, but from an operations perspective you are my teacher.” Ren revealed that he had only been to Italy twice but he believes that “creativity and innovation is in its people’s blood”.

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