How to Resolve Taiwan’s Brain Drain

Reversing a long-running brain drain will be an important step on the path to economic revival.

The News Lens
Date: 2017/08/31
By: By Matthew Fulco

James Grigbsy has spent the majority of his professional career in Taiwan. He worked

Photo Credit: 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen

as a consultant here for two decades, including 15 years as an executive with Getchee (originally known as Pacific GeoPro), a location intelligence firm that advises companies on where to open retail outlets. Even as China became Getchee’s biggest market, Grigsby remained based in Taipei with his wife and two children.

For more than five years, he commuted between Taipei and Shanghai, spending at least a quarter of his time every month in China. “Taiwan offers a nice quality of life, which even today is hard to match in China,” he says. “I wanted my kids to grow up in Taiwan.”

But finally, in July 2015, Grigsby relocated to Shanghai to take a position with Adidas as senior director of retail expansion strategy for Greater China. What prompted the change of heart? He felt the time was right to take his career in a new direction and his children are nearly grown up. His daughter will begin college in the United States this fall, while his wife and son (aged 13) will move to Shanghai to join him this summer.

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