Professional Highlight: Xuan Liang, An Extraordinary Executive in the Field of Business and Technology Development

Jeff Kurburski, Former Chief Technology Officer of MillerKnoll

Mr. Liang is an extraordinary professional who has provided the field of business and technology tremendous benefits over many years. Mr. Liang’s career began in 2001 after graduating from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology with bachelors in Fine Chemistry. He received a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2006. He subsequently received a Master’s of Business Administration from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2015.

Mr. Liang is a seasoned information technology professional who understand how to develop premier businesses. He helps manufacturing companies stand out from the furious competition by improving their operation efficiency and lowering their costs with IT solutions. 

He served at Foxconn from 2001 – 2007, where he served as an IT Supervisor. Here, he gained forefront managerial experiences in developing IT tools to facilitate manufacturing and supply chain management. Foxconn bestowed Mr. Liang with the “2006 best supervisor reward” for inventing the company’s first automatic LCD production control system. 

Mr. Liang joined NeoPhotonics, a US-based leading designer and manufacturer of communications networks sub-systems, and served there from 2007 – 2017. Here, he served as the Senior IT Director and earned applause for building the company’s information system from scratch. He was renowned for implementing it in eight sites across Asia and North America. 

In 2017, Mr. Liang joined Herman Miller, the industry leading office furniture company, as their IT director in APAC. Mr. Liang managed the company’s application system implementation and IT operation across China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Singapore, India, and Australia. Now, Mr. Liang is leading the new company (MillerKnoll)’s international and group brands enterprise applications across North America, Europe and APAC. Mr. Liang is a member of MillerKnoll’s international leadership team and is a part of MillerKnoll’s global technology leadership team. 

VP of Enterprise Application, International & Group Brands 07/31/2021 – Present

Mr. Liang’s services at MillerKnoll, in Zeeland, MI has run from 07/31/2021-Present. Here, he serves as VP of Enterprise Application, International & Group Brands.

He is responsible for the management of enterprise applications and technology infrastructure to support a $1.2 billion business group in the North America, Europe and Asia. He manages different ERP platform(s) and ERP integrations. He manages technology infrastructures (network, server, endpoints) for non-US subsidiaries.

His incredible accomplishments include the following:

–  Successfully implemented a new ERP in Geiger Furniture (, a MillerKnoll Group Brands member with annualized revenue of $100M.
–  Successfully implemented a new ERP in Holly Hunt (, a MillerKnoll Group Brands member with annualized revenue of $200M.
–  Successfully integrated the different ERPs of three textile related MillerKnoll Group Brands with a total annualized revenue of $180M: maharam (, Edelman ( and Knoll Textile (

IT Director of APAC & EMEA: 8/28/2017 – 7/30/2021:

While at Herman Miller (Now “MillerKnoll”) in China from 8/28/2017 – 7/30/2021, he served at IT Director of APAC & EMEA. Here he managed all aspects of IT for Herman Miller APAC and EMEA, including: Applications (ERP, Dealer Tools, etc.) and Infrastructure (network, servers, end points etc.).

His incredible accomplishments included the following:

–  Successfully implemented a new ERP in Dongguan site, one of the biggest MillerKnoll manufacturing facilities, with more than 1000 users.
–  Successfully developed and rolled out the order system for 400 dealers in Asia and Europe in two years.
–  Built the secure, resilient, single-point-of-failure-free technology infrastructure across APAC and EMEA. 

Senior IT Director, 09/07/2007/ – 08/22/2017:

While at NeoPhotonics (Now “Lumentum”) in China, he served as Senior IT Director from 2007 – 2017. Here, he managed all aspects of IT for NeoPhotonics Asia and manage the in-house application development for NeoPhotonics global. He managed Asia IT strategy & planning, budget management, leading Asia IT team to support NeoPhotonics Asia business growth. He also managed Global in-house application plan, development and implementation

His incredible accomplishments included the following:

–  Built NeoPhotonics application development team from scratch to support global business.
–  Lead the development of NeoPhotonics Information Systems (Manufacturing Execution System + Human Resource Information System + Learning Management System + Quality Assurance System + ERP Integration) from scratch and implement it in 8 sites across USA, Japan, Thailand, Philipps and China.

IT Supervisor, 07/29/2001 – 09/01/2007

While at Foxconn Group in China, Mr. Liang served as IT Supervisor. Here, he managed the development and support of Manufacturing Execution System (MES) in a Multi-Billion $ business group across Shen Zhen and Yan Tai. He oversaw interactions with Dell, Intel, HP and EMC to improve data flowing process. He also supervised 30+ IT staff across 2 worksites.

His incredible accomplishments included:

–  Invented Foxconn’s first automatic LCD production control system which witnessed an  through output of 10 million LCD monitors per year
–  Invented the first configure-to-order based MES in Foxconn Group
–  Rated A five times (<10%) in 6 annual performance review and bestowed the employee’s top reward “Foxconn Excellent Supervisor” twice (2005 and 2006)

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