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• Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (Minor in Spanish)– Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA USA
• MIS–Chinese Studies, University of Montana, Missoula, MT USA
• GMAP, Master of Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, MA USACertifications and Supplemental Degrees
• Global Master of Arts– The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, MA USA
• Doctoral Candidate (ABD), Chinese Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, MA USAAffiliations
• Member, National Committee on US-China Relations
• Board Member, Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs
• Member, American Chambers of Commerce (Beijing and Shanghai)
• Steering Committee Member, Overseas Security Advisory Council (Beijing and Shanghai) U.S. Embassy and U.S. ConsulateBio
Sean Molloy joined H&A in 2020 and oversees the firm’s consulting operations across Greater China and North Asia. Mr. Molloy specializes in crisis and security consulting, corporate restructuring, incident response, crisis management, and business continuity planning in Asia. He has in-depth industry knowledge of aviation, technology, manufacturing, and modern service sectors.
Having lived and worked in China and Asia for more than 25 years, Mr. Molloy has extensive experience managing some of the region’s largest and most complex crisis cases across multiple industries. He has strong experience advising companies how to successfully manage Asia’s challenging political and regulatory environments, particularly when it comes to dealing with extortion, compliance, and security issues. He is sought out by clients to help develop and execute appropriate strategic responses to a full range of incidents, crises, and disputes, complex stakeholder management scenarios, and operational risk and compliance assessments. Sean has particularly strong experience dealing with restructuring cases, and he has also been involved in resolving some of the region’s more complex regulatory investigations as well as partner and labor disputes. Sean has formerly acted as Partner for Control Risks in Shanghai, Managing Director of a boutique security consulting company in Beijing, and Asia Director for the world’s largest integrated asset tracking and recovery company. Sean has extensive experience developing and implementing crisis management plans, overseeing vulnerability assessments, coordinating stakeholder management and communications, and delivering crisis management and business continuity training.
Recent projects include the following:
• Negotiating, managing, and delivering China’s first foreign-reviewed airport security plan for one of the country’s largest and most strategically important aviation infrastructure expansion projects.
• Helping private equity investors respond to a large fraud and corruption case during an acquisition of one of China’s largest food and beverage brands.
• Leading the corporate crisis team response to China’s first criminal case involving data privacy and cyber security compliance issues in China for one of the world’s largest advertising companies.
• Providing strategic response support to help investigate, negotiate, and resolve a multi-jurisdictional commercial and third party partnership dispute for one of China’s largest MNC production sites.
• Helping conduct threat assessments, detention response, and recovery consulting for a number of high- profile corruption, regulatory, and extortion cases in the food and agricultural sectors in China.
• Conducting initial cyber and operational threat assessments to clients facing fraud and extortive threats in the crypto currency and financial services sector in Hong Kong.
• Assisting a number of private equity clients to develop risk-led project plans, including coordination of crisis response teams to oversee acquisitions in sensitive industries in China and Asia.
In addition to his work in crisis and security consulting, Sean has thirty years of experience working in various capacities as an Asia Director, Board Member, Program Director, and Contractor for strategic posts in the private sector and at the National Committee on U.S.-China relations, the Brookings Institution, and the Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs. Among other locations, he has lived and worked in Seattle, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing. He speaks fluent English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.