Gene Huang serves both as chief economist of Memphis-based FedEx Corp. and managing director of FedEx´s Economic and Industry Analysis Group. As such, he is responsible for forecasting global economic and financial conditions. He tracks and monitors all the industries that FedEx serves.
Huang is a member of the Blue Chip Consensus Panel, which is responsible for developing the economic consensus opinion used by the Federal Reserve Bank, the Wall Street Journal Economic Panel and BusinessWeek magazine´s Business Outlook Panel. In 2002, BusinessWeek profiled him as its "Most Accurate Forecaster." He credits his forecasting success to the "front row seat" that FedEx (www.fedex.com) provides him in global supply chain management.
Huang began his corporate career in 1987 with a Wall Street money management firm. Since then he has worked for some of the largest industrial corporations and most prestigious research institutions in the U.S. and Japan, including Eaton Corp., General Motors Corp., the International Center for the Study of East Asian Development (ICSEAD) in Japan, and Wharton School´s Economic Research Unit. He helped to start General Motors Corp.´s aftermarket sales network in China in the mid-1990s.
Huang received his master of arts degree from Yale University and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. The China native also holds a law degree from Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
The author of two books in business economics, he also has served as an adviser to U.S. federal government agencies and international organizations.