AAMA Speaker Series with Silicon Valley Bank's Chairman Emeritus Ken Wilcox

AAMA Speaker Series with Silicon Valley Bank's Chairman Emeritus Ken Wilcox


AAMA Speaker Series Presents "Finance, Innovation, & China" Featuring Silicon Valley Bank's Chairman Emeritus Ken Wilcox

China is central to U.S. businesses—that’s no surprise. But with China purchasing more than $165 billion in goods and services annually and driving massive growth in countless verticals, there’s never been a more important time to understand the ins and outs of this powerhouse nation and vital trade partner.

Ken Wilcox. As the former President and CEO of SPD Silicon Valley Bank (“SSVB”), which is Silicon Valley Bank’s China joint venture bank, and currently the Chairman Emeritus of Silicon Valley Bank, Ken understands the intricacies of the Chinese economic landscape—and, equally importantly, how it impacts American investors and businesses.

In 2011, Ken moved to Shanghai and served as a central figure in SVB’s Chinese growth and development. Under his leadership, the bank established a solid—and permanent—foundation in China, bringing their trademark creativity-in-finance to a country notoriously tough on traditional startups.

Moderated by SVB Senior Credit Officer Teresa Li, this exclusive AAMA fireside chat and talk-back taps into Ken’s unique perspective and decades of unparalleled experience. After the session, please join Ken, Teresa and attendees for a reception and interactive networking.

  • Learn more about Ken’s years in Shanghai, and what he discovered during his immersion in the Chinese market

  • Hear what it takes for a startup to get ahead in China, and how one can overcome the many challenges there

  • Understand the role of private capital in the Chinese tech and innovation market, and how investors and other key stakeholders are supporting that ecosystem

Come mix, mingle and learn from some of the best innovators in the global financial market, while gaining first-hand knowledge and insights on what’s moving the needle in China and beyond.



Ken Wilcox
Chairman Emeritus
Silicon Valley Bank


About Ken Wilcox

Ken Wilcox currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of Silicon Valley Bank and was Vice Chairman of SPD Silicon Valley Bank. He was previously the CEO of SVB Financial Group. In that role, he successfully pursued a strategy of expansion and diversification, while remaining focused on the group’s core niches of technology, life sciences, venture capital and premium wineries.

Mr. Wilcox is a member of the Board of the Asia Society of Northern California, the Asian Art Museum, the Equilibrium Capital Group, and Columbia Lake Venture Debt Fund. He is also an adjunct professor and member of International Advisory Board at Fudan University in Shanghai, and an advisor to a number of startups. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wilcox was a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2006 to 2012.

In 2008, Mr. Wilcox was named “Banker of the Year” by American Banker. He earned the distinction of “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young in 2009 and in 2010. The Yangpu District of Shanghai has also honored Mr. Wilcox with an “Innovation Contributor Award”. In 2013, the Shanghai Municipal Government presented Mr. Wilcox with the “Magnolia Silver Award”, a municipal honor given to expatriates for their outstanding contribution to the city's economic, social or cultural development.

Thursday, September 7, 2017
5:30pm - 8:00pm


Silicon Valley Bank
Kellogg Auditorium
3005 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, CA 94054

5:30pm - Registration and Networking
6:00pm -  Welcome and Introductions
6:10pm - Fireside Chat
7:00pm - Q&A
7:15pm - Cocktails Reception

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