SPEAKER'S BIO

Mr. Stanley Szeto
Executive Chairman, Level Style Inc.

Stanley Szeto is Executive Chairman of Lever Style Inc., a Hong Kong-headquartered regional apparel manufacturing group established in 1956.  It serves specialty retailers such as All Saints and J Crew, designer labels like John Varvatos and Paul Smith, contemporary brands such as Theory and Vince, and e-commerce pioneers such as Bonobos and Stitch Fix.  Mr. Szeto joined Lever Style in 2000, became CEO in 2001, and took on the chairmanship in 2007.

Lever Style’s product portfolio includes men’s and ladies’ woven and knit shirts, blouses, pants, skirts, suits, jackets and outerwear.  The company is known for its product development capability and technical competency.  It has also been re-engineering its manufacturing systems to improve speed and flexibility.  Its progress has been profiled by CNN, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and various other media organizations.

Lever Style is also known for its environmental sustainability.  The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) selected the company as its first apparel industry partner for the Low Carbon Manufacturing Program, and it recognized the company’s low carbon footprint by granting it the Silver Award.  HSBC selected Mr. Szeto to be the public spokesperson for its major media campaign in Hong Kong promoting environmental sustainability.

Keenly involved in promoting the industry, Mr. Szeto is Chairman of Hong Kong Textile Council, Vice-Chairman of Hong Kong Garment Manufacturers Association, Director of Federation of Hong Kong Garments Manufacturers, Director of Hong Kong Shippers’ Council, Member of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Advisory Committee on Textile and Clothing Industries, and past Member of the Hong Kong Government’s Textiles Advisory Board.

Recognized for his contributions to the industry, Mr. Szeto received the 2009 Young Industrialist Award of Hong Kong from the Federation of Hong Kong Industries.  Mr. Szeto is also a frequent guest speaker on CNBC, Bloomberg and other business news channels.

Prior to joining Lever Style in 2000, Mr. Szeto worked at J.P. Morgan’s mergers and acquisitions unit, and later at PAMA, an Asian buyout firm with over US$1 billion under management.  Mr. Szeto served on the boards of companies in PAMA’s portfolio, focusing on strategy and management issues.

Mr. Szeto graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, triple-majoring in Finance, Entrepreneurial Management, and Legal Studies.