Kent Kedl

Senior Partner

Shanghai

Kent is a Senior Partner in Control Risks, Greater China and North Asia. He is responsible for Control Risks’ practices across mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the Koreas and Mongolia. He has worked in Asia since the early 1980s.

  • Asia Pacific
  • Executive Advisory
  • Crisis Management & Business Continuity Strategy Planning
  • Business Intelligence


Kent is a Senior Partner in Control Risks, Greater China and North Asia. He is responsible for Control Risks’ practices across mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the Koreas and Mongolia. He has worked in Asia since the early 1980s.

Kent has consulted with multi-national and Asian corporations on a range of risk and strategy issues; such as M&A and organic growth strategy, crisis management and operational business controls, and strategic and organizational development programs. Kent has particular expertise in the Asia-Pacific healthcare, food and beverage, and consumer products sectors .


Examples of Kent’s work include:
  • Strategically reorganised  a company in China, helping it focus on lower-risk/higher return market segments and adjusting its commercial practices to be more effective and sustainable. 
  • Led the Asia franchising strategy for a global fast food company, including identifying potential partners, completing commercial and integrity due diligence and negotiating final deals.
  • Worked with an Asia-Pacific CEO to make a strategic acquisition of a competitor by launching a commercial due diligence programme to verify market penetration and quality of earnings claims. 
  • Directed crisis management programs for high-profile corruption and food safety cases in Asia.


Formerly, Kent was responsible for the Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence practice throughout Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining Control Risks, Kent was general manager and co-owner of Technomic Asia, a market strategy consulting firm. 

Kent has worked as a journalist and is a frequent contributor to Asia-based media outlets. The co-author of The China Ready Company (2006, China Pathways) he writes and produces The Talking Monkey, a blog and podcast on living as a foreigner in China.

Kent has a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in East Asian studies from the University of Minnesota. He also completed graduate studies in journalism and mass communication at the China Times Centre for Mass Media and Social Studies.

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