Yang Jianguo was recently appointed as senior vice president of global product development at Deronde International over three other rising stars by the company’s CEO Alain Deronde. He was considered the best candidate for emerging market globally because of his outstanding performance in operating the fastest-growing division within 18 months.
Yves Saurac, vice president for developed markets, assumed to get the position instead of Jianguo. Yves was a self-assured, genial guy; loyal and efficient; a strong leader; and thoroughly French. The two other candidates for the job are Elise Bernier, the marketing VP for skin care, and Antoine Lambert, general manager of the company’s spa products line.
However, it seemed that he got in trouble to adapt to the new workplace by the end of the first week. He was eager to start the job. Nevertheless, no one appreciated his ideas that he thought they would be sufficient to boost the sales figure in Western, Latin America and Asia. People in the board meeting kept opposing Jianguo’s first pitch, involving three other rising stars. This unsuccessful movement made he feel confusing and turn to be disappointed. He got a doubt that he did not get along with the work in Paris and thought about coming back to China or other competitor companies.