Derek Hu


West Offices, Suite 520, Shanghai Centre,
1376 Nan Jing Road West
200040 Shanghai

Derek Hu has more than 15 years experience in executive search : he joined Eric Salmon & Partners in 2012 to set up the Shanghai office and to bring his experience in building both China and Asian operations through the placement of key executives in both these domestic and regional markets.

Derek comes from another executive search firm, where as an Executive Vice President, he led the China operations of the company.

Mr. Hu was previously a Principal at AT Kearney Executive Search focusing on placing executives in China and throughout Asia Pacific.

Prior to his career in executive search Derek served as Human Resources Director for Icon Medialab Asia Ltd based in Hong Kong and Shanghai. There, he was responsible for providing human resources support and leadership as well as advising on business strategy, change management and succession planning for the growth of their Asia Pacific organization. He also served as Business Development Manager for an American company based in New York, assessing potential partners for Asian production and negotiating buying contracts for retail manufacturing agreements in Greater China and Thailand. His experience includes time with Monitor Consulting Group as an Analyst in their Los Angeles office.

Derek grew up in the United States and has been based in Greater China for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Sector expertise

Consumer, Industrial, Technology


English, Mandarin