John P. Chen

John P. Chen

President and COO – Hilco Global

John Chen is President and Chief Operating Officer of Hilco Global responsible for its day-to-day operations and for helping to develop and set its strategic direction.  In addition, John serves as chair of the Hilco Global investment committee and is a member of its board of directors. 

During his tenure at Hilco, John was an integral contributor in the acquisition of the Sparrows Point steel mill and the subsequent development of Tradepoint Atlantic that served as the foundation for the Hilco Redevelopment Partners business. John has served as the corporate leader of many of the company’s key initiatives including the formation of Hilco’s strategic and financial partnership with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ).

Prior to joining Hilco Global, John worked for Tang Industries, a large, privately held company primarily focused on metals-related manufacturing and distribution. During his 20 years with Tang, he served in a variety of positions including: Chief Financial Officer with financial and strategic oversight of over 30 business units; and President of SKD Automotive Group, a Tier One automotive supplier.

Previously, John began his career at PepsiCo, Inc., where he worked for 8 years on its corporate staff, Pepsi-Cola International and Frito-Lay with roles of increasing responsibility. While at Pepsi-Cola International, John authored Pepsi’s strategy to enter China and relocated to Hong Kong to help implement the strategy by opening Pepsi’s first plants in China. Following his stint in Hong Kong, John became the head of planning at Frito-Lay where he helped to develop strategic and informational insights that led to the fundamental strategic restructuring of the organization.

John is a member of the Board of Managers for Swarthmore College and the Executive Advisory Board for the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern University.

John received his MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Columbia Business School and his BA (Honors) from Swarthmore College.