James Chao

Managing Director - Asia Pacific, Automotive, IHS Markit & General Manager, Beijing-Polk CATARC


Shanghai, China


Mr. Chao oversees automotive products, services and strategy in Asia Pacific at IHS Markit. He assists OEMs, suppliers and financial institutions in a variety of areas, including long-term strategic planning, market entry, competitor studies and technology roadmaps. He also ensures that all relevant resources of IHS Markit, including economic, energy, chemical and technology capabilities are integrated into the solutions for the client. The Asia Pacific automotive team includes analysts, researchers, account managers and consultants in Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea and Thailand. Prior to his current role, he led the Automotive consulting group in Asia Pacific. Previously, he served as a consultant at Casesa & Co., an automotive advisory firm based in New York where he specialized in projects in the emerging markets. Prior to Casesa & Co., he held various senior positions at Penske Automotive, a publicly-held, international automotive dealership group and was a consultant at First Manhattan Consulting Group, a leading management consulting firm specializing in the financial services industry. He holds an A.B. in History from the Harvard University, US.