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Shipston’s team is made up of experienced operators and investors, many of whom have held executive positions at major U.S. and international corporations spanning multiple industries. Our executive team has extensive experience working with both public and private entities. Executing complex corporate transactions is considered one of Shipston’s core competencies.

Core Team

Shamel Rushwin

Managing Director

Shamel Rushwin has over 30 years of business, engineering and operations management and is an accomplished global automotive executive and corporate officer with significant business experience in Asia, South America and Europe.

Mr. Rushwin has led the successful design, construction and launch of eight world-class manufacturing facilities with a history of bringing unique perspectives to operations.

He is widely regarded for his expertise in continuous improvement and variability reduction using the Six Sigma methodology. Mr. Rushwin ihas been a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

Winston Wang

Managing Director, Shipston China

Before breaking into emerging market investments, Mr. Wang served as a diplomat with the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. During his service, he was a seven-year member of a government team negotiating for international agreements on nuclear energy, intellectual property, and environmental cooperation.

Since joining the private sector over ten years ago, he has worked in Beijing, Hong Kong, and London. Mr. Wang received his MBA from the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia and attended the University of Science and Technology of China for his undergraduate studies.

Henry Nordhoff

Managing Director

Henry Nordhoff has spent forty years in the healthcare field living in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He spent the first sixteen years of his career with Pfizer, starting in finance and moving into business development and general management.

In 1986, Mr. Nordhoff began working for Sterling Drug as head of mergers and acquisitions and acquired companies in Europe and in the U.S. He subsequently transitioned to the biotech field serving as CEO of two companies, taking one public and merging the other before joining Gen-Probe as President and CEO in 1994. During his 15 years as CEO of Gen-Probe, revenues grew at an average annual rate of 16% to $500 million in 2008, while net income grew 23% to $107 million. Cash grew from $17 million to $505 million, while the ratio of pretax income to revenues expanded from 10% to 34%.

He retired as CEO of Gen-Probe in 2009 and remains Chairman. Mr. Nordhoff has a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Sunny Zhao

Vice President

Sunny Zhao has spent the last 8 years working in both marketing and international hospitality, most recently with Abercrombie & Kent, working with a range of clients, from NBC to Fortune 500 executives. Before that, she served as Marketing Director at Hui Xiang Textile Inc. in Beijing. Mrs. Zhao attended NanKai University of Tianjin where she received a degree in International Business.

John D. White

Vice President, Information Technology

John White has more than 25 years of senior management experience as a business resources and technologies manager at Fortune 500 companies and private organizations. He has played integral roles in and has deep knowledge of mergers & acquisitions, strategic planning, restructuring and turnarounds, implementing and integrating enterprise resource planning software, project management, and process re-engineering.

Prior to joining Shipston, Mr. White served as President and Senior Program Consultant at White Knight Consulting. Previously, he was the Chief Information Officer for Red Hawk Fire & Security. John received an MBA with a finance concentration from Indiana University and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, Morris.