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John joined CRU in September 1989 as a Senior Consultant in the Aluminium team, having previously been an Economist with P&O Shipping in the UK. In 1994 he became Research Manager of the Steel team, and was promoted to Steel Group Business Unit Manager in 2003.

John was responsible for regular analysis work and forging business relations with metals and mining companies around the world. He also worked on many consultancy assignments in the ferrous and non-ferrous area. In 2000, John was responsible for developing the CRU steel price index, which has now become a leading global benchmark for steel pricing.

After spending ten years researching the metals industry, in 2004, John was appointed Business Development Manager in China, responsible for CRU Group affairs. He has been located in Beijing since April 2004, where he opened a CRU Chinese Representative office. John has now gained extensive experience in China, where he has continued to enhance CRU relations with all leading Chinese steel and non-ferrous companies, industry associations and government departments, as well as managing and contributing to various local projects in metals and mining related areas. He is learning Mandarin and currently manages a growing Beijing office of 20 Chinese full-time nationals plus a network of local part time industry experts.

York University, MA Economics and Politics, Institute of Freight Forwarders, Professional Qualifications.

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