Gene Huang, Ph.D.
Chief Economist & VP
Gene Huang is Chief Economist and a Vice President at FedEx. He and his team focus on corporate economics, enterprise risks, strategic affairs, and the tracking and monitoring of all industries and countries FedEx serves. His team acts as an advisor to both FedEx and its external stakeholders in assessing the direction of markets and their business implications, and thus helping to guide business decisions.
Dr. Huang is recognized as one of the world’s leading business economists. He is a member of the executive committee of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) in the U.S., a NABE Fellow, and served as NABE’s president during 2011-12. He is chairman of the Economic Advisory Committee of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. He is also an elected member of the prestigious Bretton Woods Committee, the Conference of Business Economists (serving as chairman 2009-10), the National Business Economic Issues Council, and the Harvard Industrial Economists Group. Additionally, he is an honored professor at the School of Management, Fudan University in Shanghai. Dr. Huang has been a long time member of the Blue Chip Consensus Panel, the Wall Street Journal Economists Panel, and the ABC News Economists Panel. He served on the Federal Reserve Transportation Council and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council.
Viewed as one of the foremost economic forecasters, Dr. Huang was profiled in BusinessWeek as its “Most Accurate Forecaster” in 2002 and has been ranked among the nation’s top forecasters by the Wall Street Journal. He is frequently requested by news outlets and leading business forums worldwide for his economic commentary.
Starting his corporate career in 1987 with a Wall Street money management firm, Dr. Huang has worked for some of the world’s largest industrial corporations and reputable research institutions. He received his M.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a LL.B. from Fudan University. He is the author of two books on business economics and many articles published in U.S., Japanese, and European economic and policy journals.
Updated Jan. 2, 2013