Välinge recently announced that Joshua Ngo is stepping down as managing director of Välinge in China at the end of 2021. Ngo started working for the company in 2008 supporting Välinge’s Chinese licensees. Under his leadership the team in China has grown to 16 people including six dedicated technical support engineers. Today, Välinge has both an office and showroom in Jing’an District in Shanghai as well as a support center in Kunshan just outside Shanghai.
“It has been my privilege and honor to have learnt and grown with Välinge in the last 13 years,” Joshua Ngo reflected. “I am also glad that the company has evolved under the excellent leadership in the head office, growing from a one-man operation in China to the multifaceted operation it is today. This has only been possible with the combined efforts of our dedicated colleagues.”
The company also announced that Francis Li will succeed Ngo as managing director in China. Li joined the team in 2020 as sales manager for Välinge Flooring in China and the Asian region where he has been the driving force behind the launch of Välinge Flooring. Li has over 25 years of experience in the flooring industry for companies such as the Beaulieu International Group.
“I would like to thank the company for entrusting me to be the new managing director of Välinge in China,” said Francis Li on his new appointment. “I am very happy and honored to take on this role. I have inherited a good team and will try my best to bring the business to the next level in China and Asia. I would also like to thank our friends and partners for their continuous support for Välinge and I look forward to working with you all in the future.”
Li will be reporting to Magnus Holgesson at the head office in Sweden who is region manager China/Asia.
“Joshua has been a pillar of our operations in China and Asia for more than 13 years and an integral part in the support to our licensees and partners in the region,” said Magnus Holgesson. “We at Välinge are very grateful for Joshua’s dedicated contribution over the years and wish him all the best for his well-deserved retirement. Joshua is handing over a team of professionals to Francis for him to build on for the future. We have got to know Francis over the past two years and are fully confident that he will continue to develop our team and service even more. A warm welcome to you Francis as our new Managing Director of Välinge in China.”