Qiaoni “Linda” Jing grew up in a farming suburb of Xi’an, China. She has lived in five different countries and now calls St. Louis home for the third time.
Linda first moved to St. Louis in 2005 to supervise UAW production teams along the assembly line at General Motor’s Wentzville Assembly Plant, after her corporate strategy role in Detroit. She later became the Quality Audit Manager for the Plant and secured the JD Power Associates’ Segment Best Quality Award for General Motors in 2007. Shortly after, Linda was brought back to the Headquarters as a Business Development Manager focusing on strategic alliance with industrial partners such as Chrysler and BMW, while serving as President of GM Chinese Association.
Linda came back to St. Louis in 2009 to join Monsanto (now Bayer Crop Science) as the Strategic Planning Lead for the US business, followed by leading a customer operations team who turns orders into revenue. In 2011, she was expatriated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to lead development and execution of a new distribution strategy. Returning to St. Louis in 2012, she became Global Operations Manager in supply chain. Later she joined R&D as Director of Global Strategy & Operations for Plant Breeding. Linda has been Chief of Staff, Senior Director of Global Corporate Affairs since 2016. She was VP for Monsanto Asian Connection, Monsanto’s Asian business resource group and currently is an executive liaison for the group.
Linda serves the Greater St. Louis community as a Cabinet member of United Way Multi-Cultural Leadership Society, in addition to be a Board member & VP of AACC. She is honored by Who is Who Diversity in Color as Most Intriguing in St. Louis 2018 and featured as a St. Louis Character by St. Louis Business Journal. She was recognized by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders at its 2018 leadership summit as the only speaker representing the heartland. She was one of the St. Louis Regional Business Council’s Young Leadership 100, 2013 through 2015.
Linda has been a passionate promoter of cross-culture understanding and leadership earlier on through her student exchanges in Japan and Switzerland and later through work, community service, and travelling. Her hobbies are jogging, Yoga, and writing about Chinese culture through topics such as harmony, crisis, change, energy, and giving on LinkedIn.
Linda holds a BE of Industrial Engineering from Soochow University, an MA of Economics from Fudan University, both in China, and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University at Evanston, IL.
(Photo by Erica M. Brooks Business Pluss++ Photography)