The new HR & Admin Director from our Shanghai office is visiting Portland this week. We sat down with her to ask a few questions about what drew her to W+K, and why she loves superheroes so much. Meet Jing!
W+K: Where are you from, originally?
Jing Jin: I’m from Shanghai. Well, I was born in Xin Jiang province, near Russia, and moved to Shanghai when I was 5 years old. I love it there; it’s well-developed and modern.
Q: How did you come to find W+K Shanghai?
A: I was contacted via LinkedIn. At the time I was looking for opportunities, so when this came up I decided to try it out and see what the company was like. I’d already heard of Wieden from my time working in the advertising industry, and it had a great reputation in the market. And when I talked to everyone during my interview process, I found it really attractive–the unique culture, and how it’s small and independent.
Q: Have you ever visited the US before?
A: No, it’s my first time. I love Portland. The weather is beautiful here–everyone says I brought the sunshine with me. It’s also very convenient. If you want to buy something, you can just walk there and get it–in Shanghai, you have to take taxis everywhere. To find a restaurant, to go shopping, everything. And the traffic is terrible.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: Traveling is my hobby, and I love to spend time with my daughter, who’s 12 years old. She’s lovely. Sometimes during the weekend I need to take her to school–this is typical for Chinese children–they don’t have free time during the weekends, poor things. She takes piano, English and math lessons during the weekend. I also like to watch movies, like the Avengers and the other Marvel Comics films.
Q: Speaking of super heroes: if you could have any super power, what would it be?
A: I think I would want to be able to change anything to be clean, immediately. Like if I touch dirty water, it would be clean, just like that.
Q: What are your hopes for working in the Shanghai office as its new HR and Admin Director?
A: I hope that the W+K culture will never be changed. The company is unique because of its core values. So I hope that we can keep maintaining that. And I also hope that we can win lots of pitches and have great business opportunities, of course. I would love to attract great talents and make a really strong team.
Thanks, Jing, and welcome to W+K.