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China Union Pay leadership development at the Møller Centre

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A delegation of 20 senior directors from China’s largest bankcard association China UnionPay arrived at The Møller Centre in Cambridge in September to embark on a three-week executive education programme designed and delivered by The Møller Centre’s Executive Education team.

The customised programme focused on innovations in the payments industry, internationalisation, brand development and leadership. The results of the programme have so impressed China UnionPay that they have asked Møller Executive Education to deliver the next phase of leadership training at China Union Pay’s newly accredited payment college facility in Shanghai.

Mark Carberry, Head of Møller Executive Education explained, “We are very proud to continue working in partnership with China UnionPay as part of an ongoing programme of leadership training which we have delivered to UnionPay’s senior team from China for the past three years. The training has helped empower their key leaders who have been at the forefront of building a global business which has now issued over 4.2 billion payment cards. The programme has been a huge success and we are now working with their team to plan the delivery of an executive education programme at China Union Pay’s newly accredited payment college facility in Shanghai. This exciting development will involve China UnionPay’s card issuing banks and is aimed at increasing the brand awareness in both their domestic and international market.”

The world-class line-up of speakers for the programme included Philip McGriskin, Managing Director, World Pay Futures, one of the world’s leading payment companies who spoke to the delegation about the global acquiring landscape. After a lively Q&A session the China UnionPay delegation then visited WorldPay’s European Operations Office in Cambridge.

Philip explained, “As a leader in global payments, Worldpay really value our strong partnerships around the World. We were delighted to once again have the opportunity to share our thoughts and views with executives from China UnionPay and to participate in their leadership programme. We thank the Møller Centre and CUP for such a mutually educational and thought provoking opportunity and look forward to further strengthening our valued and exciting relationship.”

Our bespoke programme also included a visit to London to meet Terry Tyrrell, Worldwide Chairman of global brand agency Brand Union.

Terry welcomed the group to Brand Union’s London HQ and shared his thoughts and ideas on the development and globalisation of the China UnionPay brand. The China UnionPay team took part in a brand profiling exercise which drew on real financial services sector examples of brand strategy, design, interaction, brand management and employee engagement.

Miss Wu, Deputy Dean of China UnionPay’s Payment College commented, “We continue to be hugely impressed with the professionalism of the Møller Executive Education team in designing and delivering a bespoke programme for us. They continue to leverage their incredible connectivity to ensure we hear the latest business developments from global tech-sector innovators blended with thought-leadership from University of Cambridge academics. Mark and the team really understand our business, our objectives and our leaders and we are looking forward to developing the programme together.”