One year ago, I was an officer of a global asset management firm. I stationed in Shanghai, the headquarter of my company in China. Eight months ago, I was promoted to middle manager by the CEO and is handling a US$50 billion project. I got very good pay rise and although my position is manager, my role now is more of a regaional department head grade.
What happened was the CEO disliked my ex-boss and fired her. The CEO was very committed to develop me. He gave me a lot of support in work and sometimes the management team thinks his decision leans to me a lot. Not only I am known to me the "like" group of the CEO, he also told me he is trying to get another pay rise for me asap.
The project I am leading is open a new sales office in another Chinese city. I see a great potential there. So, after it is setup, I want to be part of it. I talked to the future in-charge of that office and she wanted me to be her deputy, that will be another promotion according to my company grading system.
Problem is when I talked to my CEO, he discouraged me on my intention and he also told me he was thinking of leaving the company. He wanted to to brought me to the next one and can assure another promotion. For now, after the project complete, he wants me to go back to the HQ and continue helping him.
I am sure experienced guys like you know what is happening. He spent so much effort to bring me up in a short period. So, he wants me to be his person. If I more to another city and become the deputy, he knows I may not move with him to the next company. People are selfish...
Any suggestion? thanks.