Asia Society Board of Trustees Welcomes Three New Members
NEW YORK; November 4, 2020–The Asia Society Board of Trustees announced three new Board members on the occasion of its bi-annual meeting: Jane Jie Sun, Y. Ping Sun, and Eunice Zehnder-Lai.
Welcoming the new Board members, Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran said, “Asia Society is delighted that three such talented and inspiring women from all corners of our global network have joined the Board of Trustees.”
“I could not be more excited to welcome Jane Jie Sun, a 2019 Asia Game Changer, into the Asia Society family. She represents Asia Society’s core values of equality and global leadership and will make an indispensable contribution to our work around the world.”
“As a Board Chair for Asia Society Texas and now Trustee, Y. Ping Sun will continue to be instrumental advancing Asia Society’s work in Houston and beyond. Her familiarity with the organization and her wealth of experience will be invaluable as we advance our agenda globally.”
“Eunice Zehnder-Lai was a driving force in the development of Asia Society Switzerland. Her insights on furthering our programmatic engagement with Europe has helped broaden the scope of Asia Society beyond the U.S.-Asia dimension which is key for our institutional growth.”
Bios of Asia Society’s new Global Board Members follow.
Jane Jie Sun is the Chief Executive Officer of Trip.com Group, a leading international travel services provider valued at US$20 billion. One of a very few female CEOs in China’s high-tech industry, Sun is a fierce advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment. At her company, over half of the total workforce and one third of senior management are women.
Sun is a JPMorgan Asian Advisory Board member, Vice Chair of the World Travel & Tourism Council, Co-Chair of the Development Advisory Board of University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, and a Board member of Business China established by Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
Sun was named by Forbes as one of the Emergent 25 Asia’s Latest Star Businesswomen in 2018, and one of the Most Influential and Outstanding Businesswomen in China in 2017. She was also one of Fortune’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, and one of FastCompany’s Most Creative People in Business in 2017. She has won the Institutional Investor Awards for Best CEO and Best CFO.
Y. Ping Sun is currently of counsel at the law firm of Yetter Coleman LLP. She has practiced law in the New York offices of White & Case LLP and Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, focusing on corporate and international transactions.
A native of Shanghai, China, Sun is a graduate of the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs. She earned her JD from the Columbia University School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Journal of Transnational Law.
Sun serves as university representative of Rice University, where she is also a member of the Advisory Council at the Shepherd School of Music, honorary co-chair of the Baker Institute Roundtable, a member of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board, and lead donors chair for the Rice University United Way Campaign. She chairs the Board of Directors of the Asia Society Texas Center, in addition to board leadership at other organizations. She serves on the Advisory Task Force for the COVID-19 Recovery Fund established by United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
Eunice Zehnder-Lai serves on the boards of three Swiss-listed companies: Geberit, the European leader in sanitary technology; DKSH, the largest market expansion services provider in Asia; and Julius Baer, the largest standalone global private banking business.
Formerly, she was CEO of IPM AG and had spent two decades in the financial services industry with LGT Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs, and Merrill Lynch.
A native of Hong Kong, Zehnder-Lai holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University. She is a founding board member of Asia Society Switzerland, established in 2016.