SHANGHAI, China — When Ford Asia Pacific president Dave Schoch first came to China, he probably never thought he would dance Gangnam Style wearing a Beijing opera costume. This was just of one of the many surprises people got from this year’s Ford Asia Pacific/Ford China Annual Party.
To celebrate the Year of Snake, team members from the Ford Asia Pacific region demonstrated even more courage this year with a performance which showcased what a diversified team can achieve when they want to “Go Further.”
During the highly anticipated Boss Show, Dave Schoch, president, Ford Asia Pacific was paired with Karen Hampton, vice president, Communications, Ford Asia Pacific. Both were dressed in Beijing Opera costumes to play Xiangyu, King of West Chu and his beloved one as in Chen Kaige's award-winning film Farewell My Concubine.
That was just a start.
John Lawler, chairman and CEO, Ford China, was dressed in ancient Chinese costume with Kirsten Robinson, vice president, HR, Ford Asia Pacific to present a beautiful West Lake dance. Other executives also showed in pairs to play famous characters in well-known Chinese and western movies like James Bond and Gladiator. The boss show then suddenly turned into a Gangnam Style group dance, which immediately ramped up the enthusiasm of the audience.
Employee performances were equally impressive. Performances like Latin Dance presented by the Dancing Club, “Shanghai Grand” Singing and Dancing show by the Finance team, “Xiaotaohong” Dancing show by the HR team, “Alphabetic Romance” Drama and Singing by the IT Department, “Yesterday Once More” by Marketing, Sales & Services, as well as a Rock & Roll live band performance from the Purchasing department won rapturous applause.
A highlight of the night was the Best Performance Award competition. This year, a more interesting and creative approach was introduced to add more fun, with the audience encouraged to cheer for their favorite show with the sound level being recorded by a decimal meter.
After two rounds of fierce competition, Singing & Dancing’s show “Yesterday Once More” by Marketing, Sales & Services stood out among all competitions to win the award.
The party ended with the biggest prize, a Mac Book Air, going to the luckiest person of the night.