THE CHINESE MOUNTAINEER FROM MAINFRANKEN
Since 2011, the year the automotive supplier Preh was acquired by the Chinese Joyson Group, Zhengxin Cai has been a member of Preh’s management board and lives in Germany. In 2021, he was appointed CEO. Here, he talks about his journey from a Chinese metropolis of millions to a small Bavarian town, about what is important to him, and how he plans to reach the second billion in sales.
I didn’t come to Germany to stick it out here for the usual 2 to 3 years and then finally return to China for the next step in my career. Because it was clear to me from the beginning: If I don’t just want to watch here, but really want to make a difference, then more time is needed. I told the founder and owner of Joyson, Jeff Wang, that it would take at least five years to understand the differences in mindset and approach to challenges that exist in Chinese and German culture. Time is simply a prerequisite for establishing constructive cooperation and building relationships.