Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Pepples is Global Sources’ Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 January 2017. He has served as Global Sources’ Deputy CEO since October 2016. Mr. Pepples joined the Global Sources team in 1986 and has been with the company for more than three decades. During his career, he has moved up the ranks to become manager of the Company’s China sales operations from 1989 to 1992, serving as the China Country Manager from 1992 to 1999, then as the Chief Operating Officer from 1999 to 2010. Most recently, he has worked as Global Sources’ President of Corporate Affairs and Publisher of Chief Executive China. Mr. Pepples has extensive B2B media experience and deep industry knowledge of Greater China and other markets where the Company operates. He is widely respected for his B2B industry expertise and leadership skills. Mr. Pepples graduated with a B.A. in Linguistics from Yale University and speaks fluent Chinese.
Mr. Barnes was appointed as our Chief Operating Officer in January 2012. He is responsible for the Company's worldwide operations, including community development, content development, trade show operations, and a special brief covering all buyer-facing services. Mr. Barnes began his career at a lobbyist firm in Austin, Texas, and then worked for two years in the executive training business in Mexico City. Upon completion of his MBA, Mr.Barnes worked as a Market Analyst for Global Sources in Arizona before relocating to Hong Kong to become Executive Assistant to the Chairman & CEO in 2000. From 2003 he spent time managing each of the core operational departments and assumed the role of General Manager of Content & Community Development in January 2010. Mr. Barnes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Lai was appointed as our Chief Financial Officer effective August 2010. Ms. Lai joined Global Sources in June 2007 as financial controller, Hong Kong & China. Prior to joining Global Sources, she was chief financial officer and an executive director of HC International, Inc., a Hong Kong listed company. Earlier in her career, she spent over four years with PricewaterhouseCoopers ("PwC") Hong Kong. Ms.Lai graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a bachelor's degree in professional accountancy. She is also a Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the United Kingdom.
Chief Financial Officer
President, Electronics Group
Mr. Wong was appointed President of Global Sources Electronics Group in December 2014. Mr. Wong is responsible for developing the company’s buyer and supplier community that support revenue growth of integrated marketing services online and offline.
Tommy joined the Company in 1986 as Account Executive for Asian Sources Hardwares and has progressively advanced to senior management positions, including Country Manager of Consumer Products Group, General Manager of Asian Sales, Associate Publisher of Chief Executive China magazine, General Manager of Global Sources Exhibitions. In 2009, he was promoted to President of Exhibitions business unit.
He is recognized as an excellent sales leader, a strong team builder and a committed Global Sources’ team member.
President, Fashion Group
Global Sources President of Fashion Group, Ms.Yip, is responsible for driving revenues and profits growth, as well as supervising the operations for the company’s online marketplaces, print and digital magazines, and trade shows of Fashion Group. She also supports frontlines sales teams and develops new verticals.
Ms.Yip joined Global Sources in 1993 as Assistant Marketing Manager for Consumer Products Group and moved progressively to management positions including Marketing Manager for Consumer Products Group, General Manager for Private Supplier Catalogs and Client Service Center, and Vice President of Vertical Sales.
She received her MBA from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Commerce & Economic Specialist degree from the University of Toronto.
President Gifts,Home and Hardware Group
Cameron Walker was appointed President of Gifts, Home and Hardware Group in 2015. Mr. Walker oversees the operations for the company’s integrated export marketing solution which encompasses online marketplaces, print and digital magazine and trade shows of Gifts, Home and Hardware Group. He is also responsible for driving revenue growth, exploring business opportunities and developing new initiatives for the Group.
Mr. Walker joined Global Sources in 2005 as a Management Trainee and was promoted to Telesales Manager in 2007. He then established the Company’s first large scale telesales team in Xi’an, China in 2008 which has become the largest sales team in Global Sources network with more than 250 telesales members. Since then, Mr. Walker has served in several senior management positions including General Manager and Vice President of eGSOL sales.
Mr. Walker holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada.