Mary Gu Shuhang was appointed as Regional President &
Managing Director of Special Olympics International, East Asia in
2011. Prior to this, she held a number of key positions in
multinational companies and organizations.
From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Gu was president of the 2010 World Expo
Shanghai Corporate Pavilion, a pavilion representing a consortium
of state owned enterprises in Shanghai during the World Expo in
2010. The pavilion received 2.3 million visitors during the Expo
and received a number of international awards in creative content
and multimedia experience.
From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Gu was appointed by the City of Shanghai
as Vice President, 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games
Executive Committee, Director of Public Relations and Deputy
Director of Large Scale Events for 2007 Special Olympics World
Games Steering Committee, president of 2007 Special Olympics World
Summer Games Opening Ceremony production service company.
During this assignment, she led two teams to successfully raise
funds for the games and produced the games' opening ceremony. For
the first time in Special Olympics' history, the opening ceremony
was broadcasted live on five channels on China Central Television
and various international TV networks.
In 2005, Mary Gu brought a group of investors together and
founded the company Shanghai Golden Grand Prix Co. Ltd. who manages
IAAF's top ranking competition which later became Diamond League
Shanghai. The event has become China's trademark sports event over
Ms. Gu previously held senior positions in luxury hotel brands
including Ritz-Carlton and Shangri-La.
Mary Gu was awarded with the most successful Public Relations
case for her work on 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games by
Shanghai Public Relations Association.
In 2008, she was named as one of the 20 iconic Chinese women by
French life style magazine ELLE.