China Luxury Network’s team includes a roster of experienced China operators and strategists.
Sage Brennan, Co-Founder
Sage first visited China in 1987, and has been studying and speaking the language and culture ever since. He has worked in China as a researcher, investor, entrepreneur, journalist and advisor, with a specialization in digital, mobile and strategy.
Sage has advised companies on their China market entry and digital strategy as a co-founder of HotPot Consulting, including leading development of L2′s research and advisory platform in China and market entry for research company, Symphony IRI Holdings, and Evernote.
In Shanghai, Sage was the Chief representative of China operations for Hong Kong-based hedge fund Pacific Sun Investment Management. He was the general manager of Shanghai-based Pacific Epoch, a boutique telecom and technology research firm, later acquired by Pacific Crest Securities. Sage was also a consultant for telecom, media and technology firm BDA, based in Beijing.
Sage contributed the weekly “Sage Brennan’s This Week in China” column to Dow Jones’ MarketWatch for two years, and remains a frequent commentator on China-related media and technology issues in print media and on programs such as CNBC’s Asia Squawk Box, Wall Street Journal and others.
Sage is a founder and curator of the Shanghai chapter of MobileMonday, with over 3,000 participants, and founded the TEDxShanghai chapter. He is also a regular speaker on China at conferences such as SouthXSouthwest, AdTech and others.
A native of Boston, Sage holds both an MBA and an undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and harbors a lifelong passion for Mandarin and China.
Renee Hartmann, Co-Founder
Renee has been working and living in China since 2000, with a specialty in understanding and selling to the emerging Chinese consumer. She has worked as a brand owner, retail operator, consumer researcher, public relations specialist and market entry strategist in China.
Renee has advised companies such as Under Armour, Horizon Hobby, Advanstar and Symphony IRI on their China market entry strategy. She co-founded and later sold Shanghai based China consumer insights agency, Enovate, which advises multinational clients such as New Balance, Kraft, Unilever and Coca-Cola in targeting China’s emerging consumers.
Renee was co-founder of Shanghai-based apparel brand, Eno, and served as its COO and CFO for more than five years. During this time, Eno opened ten self-run retail locations in China and fifteen franchise and partner operated stores. Eno also ran its own e-commerce platform, as well as sold online through Taobao and other partner sites. Renee led the company’s fundraising efforts, which resulted in raising more than US$8 million from venture capital and angel investors. She oversaw Eno’s groundbreaking marketing practice, resulting in the company’s recognition as one of the Top Ten Most Innovative companies in China by Fast Company in 2010.
Renee spent several years in the financial industry as an equity research analyst in the consumer sector for Putnam Investments, as well as founded Ogilvy and Mather’s Mainland China Investor Relations practice in Beijing.
Renee holds a BBA from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business, and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and was named one of CNN’s “Top 20 People to Watch in Shanghai” in 2010. Renee has operated and lived in China for more than ten years and speaks Mandarin.
Lin Xu, Account Manager
Lin is a longtime bilingual practitioner in communications and market research. Coming from journalism background, Lin has worked for leading local and global media outlets, such as Shanghai Daily, International Channel Shanghai and CNN, as a reporter, columnist and an editor. She has also contributed her extensive skill set in strategic branding, marketing and PR in Shanghai, Nanjing, London, Los Angeles and New York City.
A Shanghai native, with further education in the UK and US, Lin has a deep passion for cross cultural understanding and business facilitation. Lin holds two Masters degrees in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and University of Southern California.