A leading lawyer for big business has taken out a top gong at the 2012 Australia China Alumni Awards.

John Zhao (pictured above), one of our many fantastic alumni, won the Corporate Achievement Award at the flashy event in Shanghai.

And what a deserved win it was!

John, who graduated with a Master of Business Administration in 2004, has more than 16 years experience under his belt. He has provided legal guidance and management for some of the largest companies in world including heavy hitters Blue Scope Steel and The Shangri la Hotel and Resort Group.

He is currently the Legal Director for Yum! Brands Inc. – impressive and delicious!

But John was not the only Newcastle Alumni who took home an award.

Creative and talented architect, Richard Mullane (pictured above), who completed a Bachelor of Design (Architecture) in 2002, walked away with a Commended in the Young Alumni category.

At just 30 years of age, Richard has extensive experience working in Australia, the United Kingdom, and China.

Congratulations to John and Richard – you’ve done Newcastle proud.