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Lawrence Allen Named Interim Co-Chair of the Dallas Chapter

I have the pleasure to confirm that Lawrence Allen has been appointed Interim Co-Chair of the Dallas Chapter. Marco Oropeza has been Co-Chair however he needs to step down for several months (Sept/ Oct.) to take care of personal and job-related issues.
We are pleased that Lawrence has accepted the responsibility and will work closely with Co-Chair Fernando Castillo to develop activities and continue to build the Dallas Chapter.

Lawrence has lived and worked in Dallas Texas for the past 12 years, following a 22-year executive career with Fortune 500 companies in the Asia Pacific Region.

He is currently leading Market Entry Services in the U.S. for international clientele, bringing 30 years of first-hand international market entry experience earned with some of the world’s great brands, among them: Nestle, Hershey, Libbey Glassware, Conair, and Heidrick & Struggles. 

Lawrence has led 3 market-entry start-ups in the Asia Pacific Region: Supply Chain Director for Tools of Vidal Sassoon, set up Hershey’s China WFOE Subsidiary, and became the first Managing Director Asia Pacific for Libbey Glassware. For the past 15 years, he has been recruiting for top firms, including Heidrick & Struggles, where he was their Beijing office Partner-in-Charge. 

In 2020, Lawrence did his part to alleviate the COVID-induced learning loss in America by starting his own remote school:  Singapore Academy USA, enabling American students to plug in—live and interactive—to Singapore’s #1 STEM education system and vast array of tutoring centers.

Lawrence has authored numerous books, including a non-fiction market entry treatise on branded CPG market entry: “Chocolate Fortunes: The Battle For The Hearts, Minds, and Taste Buds of China’s Consumers” (HarperCollins/AMACOM 2010). A first-hand account from the front lines of the 30-year global chocolate industry’s battle for the emerging chocolate market in China.

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Hedley Lawson

Hedley Lawson
Hedley Lawson | Global Managing Partner | Aligned Growth Partners, LLC

IERG Executive Member and frequent contributor to our monthly IERG newsletter, Hedley Lawson brings decades of experience as a senior corporate executive and board
and management advisor to his role as Global Managing Partner for Aligned Growth Partners, LLC. In his role, Hedley leads the firm’s global strategic, operational, and organizational excellence advisory and consulting practice, as well as its M&A and Executive Search practices. Hedley and his firm, along with Alliance Partnerships, serve publicly listed, not for profit, and privately held high technology, medical device, banking and finance, food and wine, construction and development, and other lines of business from offices in the Northern California Wine Country; San Diego, California; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas; Singapore; Malaysia; China; New Zealand; The Netherlands; and Germany.  

Hedley’s executive leadership experience includes serving as Vice President Global Human Resources for Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc. (MFLEX) where he was responsible for MFLEX’s global human capital and strategic planning. In his first year with the company, he doubled its workforce in China from 10,000 to over 20,000 employees. Subsequently, he led the global executive team’s strategic planning through a global recession, resulting in record revenue, operating income, margin growth, and ROIC. The company was subsequently recognized by Business Week and Fortune Magazines as one of America’s fastest growing corporations. Hedley also served for 20-years a member of the senior executive leadership team in the positions of Senior Vice President Human Resources and Quality Management and as Corporate Vice President for the Americas for SOLA Optical USA and SOLA International, Inc.  
Hedley serves on the board of Give Sight Global and has served on boards of directors and company advisory boards, including: the board of directors for Operation Eyesight Universal; the advisory board for Pahlmeyer and Wayfarer Wineries; and a member of the Wells Fargo Bank Northern California Advisory Board. He has also served on numerous not-for-profit boards of directors and as a Gubernatorial Appointee, State of California, Department of Rehabilitation Employer Outcomes Committee. As well, he was a Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Appointee to the Blue Ribbon Committee for Civil Service Reform; a founding member and President, Board of Directors, North Bay Employers’ Coalition on Healthcare; and as a board member and Chair of the Strategic Planning and Finance Committees for the Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts.  
A frequent public speaker, Hedley has delivered over 125 keynote speeches and seminars to trade conventions, annual business and leadership meetings, and university business schools. For over 25 years, Hedley served as a Contributing Editor and author for Jobson Medical Information, LLC, a New York-headquartered, global business Publishing Corporation. Additionally, he also served as Contributing Editor for Optical Synergy, an optical laboratory trade group, and as a Contributing Editor for The Alliance, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based medical device and services organization.   
Hedley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Sonoma State University, and a Master’s degree with a double major in human resources management and organizational development from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania Financial Management and Executive Leadership programs. In addition to IERG, he holds membership in the Private Directors Association (PDA), the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), and Marin Sonoma Impact Ventures.

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