After 13 years, time for a change at the top of Välinge in China

Viken, Sweden

Välinge is announcing a change of leadership in China as the current Managing Director retires.

It is very much with mixed feelings that we announce that our esteemed colleague Joshua Ngo is stepping down as Managing Director of Välinge in China at the end of 2021.

Joshua started working for Välinge in 2008 and contributed to give the Swedish-based company a strong presence in China. In the beginning, he was totally alone in supporting Välinge’s Chinese licensees. But very soon he was joined by a technical support engineer and over the years the team in China has grown to 16 people including six dedicated technical support engineers. Today, Välinge has both an office and showroom in Jing’an District in Shanghai as well as a support centre in Kunshan just outside Shanghai.

We will sorely miss Joshua’s sense of humour, passion, focus, loyalty and dedication. If you know him, we are sure you will join us in extending our best wishes to Joshua for his retirement. With his newfound freedom from work, he will now be able to spend even more time on his beloved bikes.

“It has been my privilege and honour to have learnt and grown with Välinge in the last 13 years,” Joshua Ngo reflected. “I am also glad that the company has evolved under the excellent leadership in the head office, growing from a one-man operation in China to the multifaceted operation it is today. This has only been possible with the combined efforts of our dedicated colleagues.”

Joshua’s leaving marks the end of an era for Välinge Innovation in China but also the beginning of a new. We are happy to announce that Francis Li is succeeding to Joshua as Managing Director in China. Francis joined the team in 2020 as Sales Manager for Välinge Flooring in China and the Asian region where he has been the driving force behind the launch of Välinge Flooring. With over 25 years of experience in the flooring industry for companies such as the Beaulieu International Group, Francis is very well qualified to continue the expansion of Välinge’s operations in China and to give support to our licensees, partners and customers.

“I would like to thank the company for entrusting me to be the new Managing Director of Välinge in China,” said Francis Li on his new appointment. “I am very happy and honoured to take on this role. I have inherited a good team and will try my best to bring the business to the next level in China and Asia. I would also like to thank our friends and partners for their continuous support for Välinge and I look forward to working with you all in the future.”

Francis will be reporting to Magnus Holgesson at the head office in Sweden who is Region Manager China/Asia. “Joshua has been a pillar of our operations in China and Asia for more than 13 years and an integral part in the support to our licensees and partners in the region,” said Magnus Holgesson. “We at Välinge are very grateful for Joshua’s dedicated contribution over the years and wish him all the best for his well-deserved retirement. Joshua is handing over a team of professionals to Francis for him to build on for the future. We have got to know Francis over the past two years and are fully confident that he will continue to develop our team and service even more. A warm welcome to you Francis as our new Managing Director of Välinge in China.”

For more information please contact:
Magnus Holgesson
Region Manager China/Asia
Phone: +46 766 69 88 57

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