Colin Giles is the CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce in Taipei, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering a business-focused community for cross-border trade between the UK and Taiwan. Leveraging his extensive background in multinational and startup businesses, Colin focuses on supporting members and cultivating a thriving network for networking, knowledge sharing, and support.
With a remarkable 20-year tenure at Nokia Mobile Phones, Colin served as President of Nokia China, overseeing a successful turnaround in the world's largest consumer market, achieving a 40% market share.
As Nokia's Head of Global Sales, he led a team of 2000 professionals, ensuring high performance across global markets. Additionally, he held key roles at Huawei and Lenovo/Motorola, where he was responsible for local team establishment, market development, and execution of sales and marketing programs. Colin's corporate experience extends to practical implementation, co-founding Xcalibyte, a China-focused software startup later acquired by Ant Financial in 2023.
His expertise includes guiding enterprises in expanding overseas, managing cultural integration, and developing leadership across different management styles and international practices.
Recognized with industry awards, Colin's accolades include the CEO's Choice of the Year 2008 Award by CBN Asia and the Beijing Friendship Award in 2009. His leadership style is hands-on, emphasizing a performance-based approach and a customer-first mindset. As an Olympic Torch Bearer on the Great Wall of China in 2008, Colin's commitment to excellence and cross-cultural collaboration is evident throughout his distinguished career.
WORK EXPERIENCE AND AWARDS
CEO, British Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (BCCT), Taiwan (2023 - present)
Co-Founder & COO, Xcalibyte, Hong Kong (2017 - 2022)
Executive Vice President of Global Operations and Business Transformation, Huawei Consumer Business Group, China (2015 - 2017)
Head of Worldwide Sales, Motorola Mobility, China (2014 - 2015)
Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Channel, Huawei Consumer Business Group, China (2013 - 2014)
Executive Vice President & Global Head of Sales, China (2010 - 2012)
President, China (2007 - 2009)
Senior Vice President, China, Korea and Japan (2001 - 2007)
General Manager, Taiwan (1997 - 2001)
Regional Director of Marketing, Singapore (1994 - 1997)
Bachelor in Electronics and Communications Engineering, University of Western Australia, Australia