DBEDT has appointed Gordon Zhang as the new Executive Director of the Beijing Office. He will lead the State’s effort in China to increase the number of international students studying at Hawaii’s colleges and universities, and high-schools. He recently opened the State’s “Education Services Center” at the Beijing Office. Gordon has 12 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry working for the China National Tourism Association, 10 years of consulting in business promotion, and has worked with a number of U.S. states in trade, product and services promotion and foreign direct investments. He takes over from Bo Wu who worked for the State for over 15 years and is assisting Gordon with the transition. DBEDT welcomes Gordon and thanks Bo for his many years of service.