Management and oversight is very difficult for a Western company with a China presence.

China’s government is notoriously private about the nation’s macro-economic situation and, with a language barrier and cultural differences, discerning the facts amid the fog of war is extremely difficult.

Missed opportunities and outright failure occur for lack of accurate data alone.

The opportunity for rapid share and revenue growth in China is enormous. But managing the implementation risk, based on accurate information, is the key.
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Francis Bassolino

Consultant Francis Bassolino

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About Francis

  • 20 years of management consulting specializing in three areas that focus on helping companies develop and implement global strategies for moving into and out of China
  • Devise market entry strategies
  • Construct and execute implementation plans
  • Develop brand strategies


Managing Partner • Alaris
2003 — Present
  • Management consulting focused on growth, cost reduction and transaction support for North American Companies operating in or planning to operate in China
  • For industries that buy, make, move and sell products
  • Private Equity Clients: Allied Capital; American Securities Capital; Bear Stearns Merchant Banking; Liberty Partners; Kirtland Capital Partners; Sun Capital; Trivest Partners
  • Commercial Clients: Bosch; Honeywell; Pitney Bowes; Rubbermaid; Steelcase
Senior Manager • Deloitte
1996 — 2001
  • China market entry
  • Financial and operational due diligence


The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business
MBA, Finance, 2002
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
BA, International Relations, Mandarin, 1992


  • Adjunct Professor of Marketing, New Product Development  - University of Chicago (2002-2004)


  • China Business Review - Rising disposable income levels across China’s second- and third-tier cities mean more opportunities for purveyors of branded goods (November 1, 2010)
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