Paul Liu


consultant name

Paul Liu Egon Zehnder, Shanghai


Paul Liu, based in Shanghai, leads Egon Zehnder’s Services Practice in Greater China, with a personal focus on the hospitality, travel, professional services, business services, and airlines sectors. He leads the travel, tourism, and entertainment segment globally. He also leads the Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Practice Group in Greater China. Across sectors Paul also has strong experience in CFO and senior finance roles.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Paul was COO of AEG China Ltd. (Anschutz Entertainment Group). Previous roles include CEO and Founder of Axon Concepts Ltd., China and Executive Director, CIMIC Holdings Ltd., China. Earlier, Paul worked 14 years in banking and capital markets in roles with JPMorgan, UBS and Bank of America while based in New York and Hong Kong. Paul served as Executive Director & CFO for Three On The Bund, a groundbreaking project which revitalized the iconic Shanghai riverfront with world-class restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and other lifestyle destinations.

Paul is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and founder of the Barnett-Oksenberg Lecture on Sino-American Relations, which is held annually in Shanghai.

Paul earned a BA in Political Science from University of Michigan and an MA in International Affairs and Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

News and Publications

Fortune – The Accelerating Disruption of China's Economy

The retail revolution in China is well underway. While the $13.7 billion Amazon – Whole Foods deal came as a huge shock in the United States, it didn’t in China, where digital disruption is already upending the retail industry.

Hospitalitynet – Hicham Sharara & Paul Liu: How Diversity May Help Hospitality Rise to Technology Challenge

Technological advances are impelling top hotel industry leaders to overhaul their business approach, reports hospitalitynet. In Egon Zehnder’s recent study on CEO leadership in the hospitality industry, Hicham Sharaa and Paul Liu find that digital engagement with customers is the new game-changer.

How Can Hotel Groups Win in a Changing World?

The world’s top hotel groups have long prided themselves on their ability to create memorable customer experiences – greeting return guests by name at check-in, anticipating and exceeding their every wish during their stay, and delighting them with amenities and décor.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Accelerating Disruption of China's Retail Landscape

China’s digital titans have already revolutionized online retail. Now they are reinventing traditional, offline retail—with huge implications for all.

General Counsel Roundtable – Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing

In April 2017 Egon Zehnder brought together a notable group of General Counsels and Legal/ Compliance Heads in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing GCs in Greater China. Several themes emerged during the roundtable events—themes that are relevant to any GCs in the region.

consultant name

Paul Liu Egon Zehnder, Shanghai