“When I was growing up in China, I couldn't imagine that I could ever work for a foreign company,” says Heather Wang. “At that time, we were not even allowed to speak with foreigners.” At about the time Wang was starting college, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's open-door policy changed everything. Rather than follow her father's career path in the military, Wang decided to major in English, a move that aroused her curiosity about the outside world.

Wang joined GE China sixteen years ago and then was accepted in the company's Global Human Resources Leadership Program, where she was identified as someone with talent and a great deal of potential. Now forty-seven, she is vice president of Human Resources for GE Global Growth & Operations, ...

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