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The Essential List

The Essential List: Josephine Pan

The CEO of FCB Shanghai on classic literature, a penchant for cream, and her love of putting on her dancing shoes and getting down with some swing

The Essential List: Josephine Pan

The CEO landscape in China is, it’s fair to say, traditionally pretty male-dominated and also pretty expat-dominated. A woman and a local of Shanghai, Josephine Pan may not fit the old-school mould, but she’s grown increasingly influential in China’s ad scene, respected for her business drive and ability. 

But what you might not know, is that she is also famous for her passion as a swing solo dancer. She is smart, elegant, tasteful and intriguing. That’s why we’ve asked her for her Essential List.

And she loves Poirot as much as we do, so obviously a woman of exquisite taste.

Lifestyle

o Place of birth: Shanghai, P.R. of China
o Hometown: Shanghai



o Staycation: Shanghai 
o Vacation: UK, Japan, Germany 
o Place of work: FCB, Shanghai
o Place of workout: FCB, Shanghai
o Mode of transport: Driver pickup 
o Miscellaneous Travel Essential: iPhone and books


Culture 

o Artist: Kazuo Ishiguro, Agatha Christie, Alessandro Michele 
o Musician: Joe Hisaishi, Elvis Presley, Ludwig van Beethoven
o Film director: Yasujiro Ozu, Ang Lee


o Actress: Carey Mulligan, Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Zhou Xun 
o Film: Rebecca (1940), starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, Love Letter (1995) by Shunji Iwai, Woman in Gold (2015) starring Helen Mirren, Darkest Hour (2017), starring Gary Oldman


o Drama series: Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Friends, Poirot 
o Commercial: Can’t remember 
o Book: Agatha Christie’s Poirot Series, Sherlock Holmes, Gone with the Wind, Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, The Gadfly 


Food and Drink

o Restaurant: Spicy Moment – located in an ancient lane house with modern design, the restaurant provides modern Hunanese fusion. Moreover, it has a hidden cosy bar in the back called Hidden moment. Private only☺
o Cheap bite: Shanghainese dim-sum such as Chinese donut, Shanghainese wonton - the delicious and delicate ones, not Cantonese wonton


o Working Lunch: I always can’t remember what I had for working lunch. What I know is it feeds me and is not poisonous 
o Dish: Mom’s cooking ☺ 
o Snack: No snack allowed for a lady that always strictly manages herself
o Guilty Pleasure: Cream. Lots of cream. Lots and lots of cream 
o Bar: Ever since I got completely drunk at the age of three, I’ve kept myself sober. (It’s TRUE!) So I don’t typically have bar recommendations. But my friends would go to a bar called Speak Low, a very hip place that’s hidden behind a vending machine that you would miss for sure if no one takes you there.
o Tipple: None
o Miscellaneous food: Seafood (crab, shrimp, clam)
o Miscellaneous Beverage: Water

Kit

o Earphones: iPhone earphones 
o Lipstick: Chanel 


o Perfume: Chanel 
o Mirror: Anna Sui
o Bandage: BAND-AID
o Crème: Nivea Blue Tin


o Where you document an idea: Memo in iPhone
o Apps: Keep – the workout app, Weather, QQ Music, Alipay, Go to The Kitchen, Sleeping Monitor, WeChat 
o Website: www.taobao.com - the magical website that you could get everything delivered to your door
o Work program: All in my mind in the day time, and haunting in the night time 
o Digital work tool: Keynote 
o Grooming: At home by myself 
o Miscellaneous Kit Essential: Dancing shoes, sunglasses, fan, the Buddhist Scriptures 
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