John W. Spelich is vice president, International E-commerce Business Development, for Alibaba Group, one of the world’s largest e-commerce companies, with responsibility for government and regulatory affairs relations specific to Taobao Marketplace, Tmall.com and AliExpress, and international product marketing/communications for the Group’s core e-commerce and payment businesses.
Prior to his current role, Spelich served as vice president, International Corporate Affairs, and oversaw all external communications and corporate affairs outside of Mainland China for Alibaba Group. Prior to joining Alibaba in Nov. 2008, Spelich, a 30-year veteran of the communications field, also held senior positions with major corporations such as Ford Motor Company; Gateway; and The Walt Disney Company. He began his career as a newspaper reporter, writing for publications including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Detroit Free Press.
Spelich holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Michigan and a J.D. (Summa Cum Laude) from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Arthur W. Page Society.