Sam is an international business, engineering, economic, project managment and sourcing advisor for DZP.
Sam arrived to China 8 years ago and joined one of biggest manufacturers of sewn products in the world where he gained extensive experience in project management and production in China. In 2010, Mr. Danan set up a new factory in Dongguan which grew to over 250 workers producing bags for Stanley, Built, Crumpler, Skip Hop, Manfrotto, National Geographic and Taylormade.
At the beginning of 2013 Mr. Danan moved on to set up a development lab for a producer of custom made display products and soon became the General Manager overseeing engineering, operations and manufacturing. Under his management, the company had developed and produced sophisticated display products in which hardware and software were integrated into the displays. These new products were sold to Apple, Motorola, Kobo and Microsoft.
Prior to his professional work in China, Sam worked as the head of risk management at a subsidiary of AIG in the U.S. During that time, besides pricing and monitoring insurance products, he oversaw various non-insurance related projects. His management had significant effects on the quality and efficiency of the workflow in the company.
Sam holds a B.A and M.Sc. in Economics from the Faculty of Industrial Engineering at the Technion in Israel. He started an interdisciplinary PhD in computer science, finance and statistics at the Technion but left to continue his PhD studies at the University of Iowa. Mr. Danan pragmatically decided to pursue a career in business in the U.S. before the final awarding of his PhD.
Mr. Danan resides in Dongguan, China. Dongguan is geographically located between Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. This area is the most highly specialized manufacturing area in the world. Sam is near-fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He is fluent in English and Hebrew.