Qingyuan Zhang


Previous John Deere Finance Lease Co. Ltd., John Deere Financial - China, Franchised Catering Business

Education Graduate School of Credit and Finance Management


Hands-on experiences in setting up and managing captive finance company, managing trading company and franchised catering business, being Board Member and Treasurer for non-profit organizations, managing development projects, developing strategic alliance, structured & project finance transacitons and managing credit risk in over 20 countries in CIS, South America, Southeast Asia, China and Sub-Sahara Africa. Mentor, facilitor for "Connect for Better Conversations" and Certified Coach by NeuroLeadership Group.


Director, Global Trade Finance

John Deere Financial

June 2012 – Present (4 years 3 months)Des Moines, Iowa Area

Lead a diversified team to provide cross border financing to customers in emerging markets

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors

John Deere Finance Lease Co. Ltd.

August 2010 – May 2012 (1 year 10 months)

Oversee the operations of JDFL and provide guidance on strategy and direction of JDFL

Managing Director - Trade Finance & Wholesale

John Deere (China) Investment Co. Ltd.

July 2007 – May 2012 (4 years 11 months)Beijing, china

- Lead wholesale finance team to provide wholesale finance solutions to dealers in China

- develop cross-border financing solutions for Asian customers

Managing Director - John Deere Finance Lease Co. Ltd.

John Deere Financial - China

August 2010 – April 2011 (9 months)

Setting up the foundations for the company in terms of strategy, operational structure, IT structure, hiring and training new managers.

Managing Director - Trade Finance

John Deere Credit

December 2004 – July 2007 (2 years 8 months)Johnston, IA

Develop and struture cross-border financing solutions to customers for Asia.

Project Mgr - Int'l Finance

John Deere Credit

October 2000 – November 2004 (4 years 2 months)Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Worked on projects such as receivable transfer, country risk analysis, write-off analysis

Co Owner

Franchised Catering Business

September 2001 – October 2004 (3 years 2 months)Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Managing the operations and finance of a franchised catering business.

Operations & Short-term Consultant

The World Bank

February 1993 – December 1999 (6 years 11 months)Beijing, China & Washington DC, USA

working on agriculture develoopment projects, poverty alleivation and settlement projects for China (Feb. ' 93 - July '98)

Short-term consultant for the World Bank HQs in Washington DC (May'99-Dec.'99)

Co Owner

Sun Elite Trading Co. Ltd.

January 1991 – December 1993 (3 years)Tianjin, China

Co Owner and Account Manager, responsible for sales of imported luxury cars.


Iowa Chinese Language School

Board Memeber, Advisory Board

Starting August 2012


Board Member

Starting September 2013


Treasurer & Board Member

Starting December 2015

NeuroLeadership Group

Certified Results Workplace Coach & Facilitor

Starting February 2014

Certified as Results Workplace Coach by NeuroLeadership Group on Feb. 4, 2014. I have coached three peers so far and I was selected as Facilitor for "Connect for Better Conversatios" on May 27, 2016.


Graduate School of Credit and Finance Management

Graduate School of Credit and Finance Management

Executive Certificate, Credit and Financial Management and Legal

2007 – 2008

GSCFM is sponsored by NACM and conducted at Dartmouth College

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird School of Global Management

MBA, Finance

1998 – 2000

focused on international finance and global management

Activities and Societies: - Leader for Foundations Team for three times - Teaching and Research Assistant for International Political Ecnomy & International Finance

Zhejiang University

Zhejiang University

BA, British & American Literature

1986 – 1990

Activities and Societies: - Chairperson for my class - VP for Students' Activities Dept. of Zhejiang University Student Council - Teacher for Freshmen's Enlgish Class



Native or bilingual proficiency


Native or bilingual proficiency


Limited working proficiency

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Steering Committee

Iowa Asian Alliance

February 2016 – Present (7 months)

Participating in monthly meeting reviewing and directing the activities of Iowa Asian Alliance.

Causes Qingyuan cares about:


Economic Empowerment



Science and Technology


RGCP (Global Credit Professional)ICTF - The Association of International Credit and Trade Finance Professionals

ICTF - The Association of International Credit and Trade Finance Professionals

Certified Credit ExecutiveNational Association of Credit Management

National Association of Credit Management

Certified Financial Analyst Level ICFA Institute

CFA Institute

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