We help our clients, mid-sized western companies active in China, dramatically accelerate their earnings and revenue growth.  How?  By identifying, recruiting and helping retain game-changing business heads and their teams. We may be able to do the same for you.

We work with our ideal clients under innovative agreements that align purpose, share risk and reward, to achieve results.  We believe that collaborative efforts are the best way to achieve truly superb outcomes in China.  We ‘get’ that the only reason clients engage us is because the executives we bring to our clients deliver extraordinary results.

Our Guarantee

Most search consultants are done once their candidate signs.  If things go wrong, and they often do, the client is left holding the bag.


We are aligned with our clients’ objectives, and have an ongoing interest in the business outcomes of our placements — just like our clients do.  


That’s why we document results and why we offer our clients a money back guarantee as a means for sharing risk and reward.

Skyrocket Revenues

One of our US industrial clients reported a 92% leap in annual revenues — more than US$ 35 million — in the first year after we helped them recruit a Chief Rep/Sales Director; that’s vs. mediocre sales growth for the previous dozen years.


The new CR/SD more than tripled annual sales in her first three years…and she’s still going strong 9 years later.

High Growth

Another client, a European family-owned business, has invested USD 60 million to establish a manufacturing presence in China after our candidate, their new Country General Manager, tripled revenues and established a sustained high-growth strategy for China in his first two years at the company.


Michael Whelan
  • 20 years’ senior executive search experience in 13 countries across Asia

  • Focused primarily on industrial manufacturing for mid-sized operations

  • Many successful high-performance, high growth, A Player placements at China/Asia CEO/President/MD level

  • 35+ years working, studying, living in China/Asia

  • Lifelong interest and practitioner’s knowledge of aviation

  • FAA ATP, Learjet type rating, seaplane, helicopter, 2,500 hrs TT

  • Native English, conversational Mandarin

  • Described by clients and candidates as “personable, trustworthy, a dynamo, insightful, process-driven, innovative”


Michael Whelan



China Office


Room 413 Hua Teng International Office Building, 
No.3 Da Jiao Ting Zhong Jie, Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100022, China

Mobile: +86 139 1112 5683

Email: michael.whelan@thepaliogroupsa.com
Skype: whelan.michael.whelan

WeChat: Michael_Whelan