2018 Board of Governors • Biographic Information

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Jonathan Moreno – CHAIRMAN 
General Director, Medovations Vietnam

Jonathan MorenoJonathan is the General Director of Medovations Vietnam, a member of the Diversatek group of medical technology companies. Medovations opened its Vietnam manufacturing operation in Binh Duong, December 2010, representing the “third wave” of US high technology investment in Vietnam, and continues to expand.

In 2012, Jonathan helped form AmCham’s first Manufacturing Committee and has served since in a leadership capacity. The committee was established to increase value for AmCham’s manufacturing sector members, including the supporting supply chain, by providing networking opportunities and collaborative solutions which cannot be achieved as effectively by individual member companies. The committee continues growing with more than 40 AmCham manufacturing leaders participating in its monthly meetings. Key initiatives include advocacy related to trade facilitation and the annual “Supplier’s Day.”

Jonathan has served on the AMCHAM HCMC Board of Governors since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of South Carolina and a MBA from the University of Hawaii.

Walter Blocker – VICE CHAIR
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vietnam Trade Alliance

Walter Blocker photoWalter Blocker is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vietnam Trade Alliance, with offices in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Can Tho, Da Nang, and Hanoi Vietnam. He is a native of Kentucky and has been a resident of Vietnam since 1995. The firm provides nationwide FMCG and Material distribution from 6 hubs and cross docking in 45 provinces. The Vietnam Trade Alliance offers nationwide, 24 hour direct distribution, and cash collections with real time reporting using its own proprietary Alli management software.

Walter served three terms as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, served on the board of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Vietnam, YPO Southeast Asia, and is past Chairman of the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers.

Walter is first and foremost an entrepreneur. Over the past 20 years, he founded several business units encompassing industrial scale milk, juice, and tea production, nationwide warehousing and distribution, brand management, and general asset management. The group serves as the exclusive supply chain provider for numerous multinational consumer product companies in the beer/beverage, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and industrial chemical space. His firm was twice recognized by the Vietnamese Government for being one of the top 10 foreign enterprises in both Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai and is one of the nation’s largest private American investors.

Michèle Auerbach – VICE CHAIR
Country Manager, 7-Eleven, Inc.

michele-auerbachMichèle is the 7-Eleven Country Manager in Viet Nam, working with the local Master Franchisee to set up the infrastructure for a successful new market entry. The first store opening is planned for 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City. Prior to becoming the Country Manager in Viet Nam, Michèle worked with the 7‑Eleven’s International Team on Franchising and Real Estate infrastructure development. In 2011, Michèle relocated to Ho Chi Minh City to be the General Director for Penflex Viet Nam Co., Ltd.  Penflex focused on a continuous process of improving manufacturing processes and was dedicated to providing unparalleled value by offering high quality flexible metal hose and braid products. During this time, she served as Vice Chair on the Manufacturing Committee for AmCham.

Michele has extensive international and U.S. domestic retail experience with Costco Wholesale, Target Corporation and 7‑Eleven, Inc.  She holds an Executive MBA from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and a BA from Scripps College.

Gina Proctor – TREASURER 
Director of Finance/Controller, Intel Products Vietnam

Gina ProctorDirector of Finance for Intel’s manufacturing operations in Vietnam, the company’s newest and largest assembly and test manufacturing facility. Responsible for financial support including Corporate Finance and Accounting, Global Tax and Trade, as well as Operations Finance.  Leads team of ~30 direct and matrixed professionals across Operations Finance, Accounting, Tax, Trade, Treasury, and Risk Management. This role requires extensive interactions with Senior Vietnamese Government officials and other external parties. Focused on keeping Intel legal and compliant, growing our business, accelerating our operational effectiveness and developing our regional capabilities and leadership pipeline.

Previously, Gina was Internal Audit Senior Manager and then Director of Investigations and Internal Audit for Intel, where she led a globally dispersed organization of 24 audit professionals that oversaw the performance of internal audits and financial reviews across the company’s global operations. Over the past 18 years at Intel, Gina has had multiple different roles encompassing a spectrum of areas such as Internal Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Investigations. Her experience at four different Intel sites has developed an understanding of Intel’s geographical differences/challenges.

Michael Hoe-Knudsen – SECRETARY 
Regional General Manager IHG Vietnam/ Cambodia
General Manager InterContinental Saigon Hotel & Residences

Michael Hoe-Knudsen is Regional General Manager of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Vietnam/ Cambodia & General Manager of InterContinental Saigon Hotel & Residences since August 2016.  IHG is one of the largest hotel operators in Vietnam with 7 open properties including Hanoi/ Da Nang/ Nha Trang & Ho Chi Minh City.  IHG is also in the process of opening a new project in Phu Quoc and brining the Holiday Inn brand to Vietnam with the 2018 opening of Holiday Inn Saigon Airport.  Michael is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, operation and performance of the hotels while supporting development efforts to grow IHGs presence in Vietnam.

Previously Michael was Vice President Operations for Latin America/ Caribbean & New York City based in IHG corporate office in Atlanta, GA.  Michael has been with InterContinental Hotels for past 21 years having worked in numerous US locations including New York City/ San Francisco/ Miami as well as international postings.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University where he graduated with honors and a Diploma in Management from the Henley School of Management in the UK. Although Danish by birth Michael is a real citizen of the world, having lived in 16 countries and travelled to many more.

Michael Beckman
Attorney, Russin & Vecchi 

Michael works closely with Sesto Vecchi at Russin & Vecchi, one of the oldest foreign law firms in Vietnam.

Priorto joining Russin & Vecchi, Michael worked as a corporate attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell and Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, Los Angeles and London, focusing on securities and M&A transactions.  He is a member of the bar in New York and California.

Outside of law, Michael was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in their Pharmaceutical and Medical Products practice group.  After leaving McKinsey, he launched his own hedge funds, which he managed for a decade.

Michael graduated with his BA magna cum laude from Cornell University, received an MA from Princeton University and his JD from Yale Law School.  He also studied at both Cambridge University in England and Georg-August University in Germany.

He has worked closely with members of the Food and Beverages Sector Committee, and, given his background, looks forward to becoming much more involved in the Healthcare and Education Committees.

Mark Gillin
Founder, Chairman and Managing Director
AIM – American Indochina Management

Marc Gillin PhotoMark Gillin has been identifying, developing and investing in business opportunities in Indochina since 1993. He is a founder, Chairman, and Managing Director of America Indochina Management Ltd. (AIM) a diversified Holding Company with operations throughout Vietnam and Cambodia. Since its founding in 1996, AIM has established market leadership in a variety of product categories covering a diverse range of industries including Construction Materials, Specialty Furniture, Consumer Products and Industrial Consumables.

He is also a founder and Chairman of AIM Capital Management Ltd, an investment management company that provides expansion capital and strategic and operational support to small and medium sized companies throughout Indochina. AIM Capital Management has invested in Healthcare, Media, Technology, Furniture, Hospitality, and Consumer Products.

Mark has successfully managed businesses in a number of different markets at various stages of development (Japan, Hong Kong, Guam, Vietnam, Cambodia). Prior to coming to Vietnam in 1993, he spent five years with Getz Bros., the oldest and largest US non-commodities trading company, where he worked closely on marketing and distribution issues with leading MNCs including Nestlé, Mobile Chemical, Kimberly-Clark, Abbott Labs, Colgate-Palmolive, Heineken and others.

He has served as non-executive board member of Navigos, AA Corporation, Japan Vietnam Medical Corporation and Indochina Assets Limited.  During his previous six years service as a member of Board of Governors, 2010-2015, he was Chairman in 2013  and Vice Chairman in 2012 and 2014.

Kurt Droeshout
General Director and CEO, Procter & Gamble Vietnam

Kurt DroeshoutKurt leads P&G operations in Vietnam since August 2016. P&G was one of the first American companies to invest in Vietnam after the normalization of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the United States in 1995. Over the past 20 years, Vietnam has become one of the fastest growing markets for P&G globally, and P&G Vietnam is among the country’s top “fast moving consumer goods” (FMCG) employers. P&G Vietnam operates two large-scale manufacturing facilities in Binh Duong province, in addition to a general office in Ho Chi Minh City, and employs over 700 employees.

Kurt has been with P&G for almost 30 years (of which 24 years in international roles). Over the past 15 years, Kurt has operated in senior management positions in different regions, including marketing, sales and country management roles in Europe, China, India, Middle East and Africa. Before becoming General Manager of P&G Vietnam, Kurt was the General Director of P&G Developing Markets Europe and India, Middle East and Africa regions. In the past, Kurt has served on the UAE Dubai Chapter of the American Chamber.

Bradley Lalonde
Founder, Managing Partner, and CEO, Vietnam Partners LLC

Bradley LaLondeVietnam Partners LLC is a U.S. investment and trade advisory business with offices in New York, Hanoi and HCM City. Brad has been Managing Partner of Vietnam Partners since inception in 2003, and also CEO and Chief Investment Officer of BVIM (BIDV Vietnam Partners Investment Management) from 2006-2011. Vietnam Partners through its various investment vehicles has invested over $200 million in 30 companies over the last 15 years. Brad currently is a member of the board of directors of BVIM, and is actively involved with US-Vietnam trade, investment and financing.

A strong advocate of free  trade, Brad represents companies that are expanding trade and investment links with the U.S., and he plans to focus considerable attention to participating in the various forums and initiatives to continue to improve the trade and investment environment in Vietnam.

Prior to founding Vietnam Partners LLC, Brad completed a career in investment and commercial banking, including serving as CCO (Country Corporate Officer) and Senior Credit Officer for Citibank  in Tunisia (1989-1994) and Vietnam (1994-1999). Before that, Brad served as an executive marketing and credit officer in Liberia, Bahrain, Turkey and New York City.

Brad was a founding member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hanoi, Vietnam (1994), and was its Chairman during the negotiation of the Bilateral Trade Agreement with the United States. He testified before the U.S. Congress advocating full and free trade with Vietnam.

Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan (A.B. Political Science) and Columbia University School of International Affairs (Master in Development Economics).

Kevin Moore
Managing Director, Vietnam Waste Solutions

kevin-mooreKevin has been the Managing Director for Vietnam Waste Solutions (VWS) since 2006.  Prior to that he worked as a private consultant for Veolia Environmental Services in Hong Kong for 6 years.  Waste Management Inc., in California was his employer for the previous 12 years.

VWS is a subsidiary of California Waste Solutions, a private firm with recycling operations in Oakland and San Jose, California.  His position requires direct interaction with HCMC leaders and Departments as well as Vietnam Ministries.  VWS represents the first privatization of a public service enterprise and one of the larger environmental services investments in Vietnam, valued at over $150 million and based on a 50-year contract with the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City.  VWS is expanding services with a new project in Long An province that moves beyond landfill to re-cycling, recovery, and transformation, developing “waste to energy” and “waste to feedstock” solutions.

Kevin has worked in the waste management and environmental industry for 28 years.  Raised in Northern New Jersey, he is a graduate of Rutgers University.

John Nguyen
Chief Strategy Officer, DiCentral Vietnam

John Nguyen - DICentralJohn Nguyen is the founder, board director and chief strategy officer of DiCentral Corporation, a 16-year old Houston-based supply-chain solutions and services company. He is responsible for the company’s business strategy and corporate development. Prior to founding DiCentral, John Nguyen worked as an equity research analyst covering wireless telecom at Lazard, an investment bank in New York City. With over 27 years of industry and business experience, he has held technical and marketing positions at AT&T, Siemens, Alcatel and Nortel Networks. He co-founded and managed four technology start-ups: InTouch PCS, Paragon Solutions, Neopoint and OpenWorld Communications. He successfully raised over $17 million in combined seed funding for these ventures.

John earned an M.S. in computer science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a B.S. from Aurora University in Chicago. He is an avid golf enthusiast, and, weather allowing, spends his weekends honing his swing on the fairways.

Thuy Hang Nguyen
Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Hang Nguyen is a partner with Baker McKenzie and head of the Employment and Labor practice in Vietnam.

Hang’s practice focuses on employment and labor, M&A, Corporate and Compliance matters. Her diverse working experience, broad knowledge in various areas of law, and business management qualifications allow her to provide clients with practical and commercially savvy legal advice, creating effective, strategic and innovative solutions to navigate around the ever-changing legal landscape of Vietnam. As head of the Employment and Labor practice, Hang is in charge of developing and providing strategy for the practice, training and coaching team members and coordinating the global and regional employment practices when related to Vietnam. She is also a member of the Steering Committees for the Firm’s Asia Pacific Employment Practice Group and the Global Immigration and Mobility Group.

Hang received her legal education in both Vietnam and the U.S., obtaining her bachelor’s degree in International Law from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, completing an LL.M. at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, and earning an Executive MBA from University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business. Hang is one of the few lawyers dually admitted to practice law in New York State and Vietnam. During her 11 – plus years with Baker McKenzie, she has worked in the Vietnam, Spain and UK offices of the Firm.

Hang has been an active AmCham member since 2006. She represented AmCham and broad business community in numerous expert working groups, seminars and conferences, working face-to-face with Vietnamese Government agencies for close to a decade on employment and labor law issues, including the overhaul of the Vietnam Labor Code in 2012 and adoption of various implementation decrees and circulars. In 2013, she was nominated to become the Chair of the AmCham HR/Labor Committee and has held this position since then. In her capacity as Chair, she has revived the committee by organizing extremely successful events and activities for the benefit of AmCham members and administered the AmCham scholarship program. Hang is also the point of contact for the Board of Governors and other Committees when it comes to employment and labor issues. She has been deeply involved in policy discussions on labor and employment issues arising during the negotiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, and other issues that affect the business community in Vietnam, frequently acting as an adviser to US Government agencies and industry stakeholders on Vietnam employment and

Amanda Rasmussen
Chief Operating Officer, Indo Trans Corp (ITL)

Amanda Rasmussen is Chief Operating Officer, ITL Corp, one of the largest logistics and supply chain companies in Vietnam and one of Vietnam’s Top 500 largest Enterprises and Top 50 Trusted Brands. ITL is a leading regional solutions provider of Integrated Logistics, Warehousing, Freight Management and Distribution services in Indochina. ITL has 1,500+ employees, headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, with more than 70 branch offices and distribution centers in Vietnam along with offices in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand.

Amanda has 20 years’ experience in logistics, transportation and supply chain management, having held previous roles in DHL, Maersk, Damco and running her own logistics and supply chain training and consulting company for a number of years. Her specific areas of experience include operational, commercial and general management experience in Logistics, Air freight, Ocean freight, Origin Consolidation, PO Management, Warehousing, Distribution, Supply Chain Management and Value Added Services in the Asia Pacific Region and specifically in Vietnam and South East Asia.

Amanda has lived and worked in Vietnam since January 2003 and has been an active member of AmCham since arriving to Vietnam. In addiiton to the Amcham Board of Governers, Amand is the Chair for the Logistics and Supply Chain Sector Committee.

Born in the U.S., Amanda has an MBA in International Business Systems from Loyola Marymount University and a BA from the University of Tennessee.

Keith Schulz
General Director, Vilube Corporation

Keith SchulzKeith Schulz is the General Director of Vilube Corporation, a subsidiary the Motul Group. The company manufactures, markets, and distributes automotive lubricants from its plant in Nha Be for the Vietnamese market and Motul’s markets across Asia. In the past year, Keith launched a new division to produce and sell a range of lubricants  for use in metal-working and general industrial equipment under the MotulTech brand.

Previously, Keith served as Senior Portfolio Director for Navis Capital Partners, a buy-out fund focused on SE Asia with $5 billion under management. 

Keith led operations as Managing Director at  investee-company RPS Technologies, a manufacturer of precision automotive components. Keith’s initiatives opened up the Chinese and EU markets for RPS sales.  Earlier, Keith worked for DaimlerChrysler in Detroit and Singapore in several functions. While a procurement manager responsible for SE Asia, Keith developed parts suppliers across across the region in preparation of AFTA initiatives. This included several serving operations at Mercedes-Benz Vietnam.

Keith’s first professional experience in Vietnam was as director of the HCM City office of VATICO, Inc., one of the first US companies to return to Vietnam after 1975. The consulting firm advised clients, including Chrysler, Amway and Hughes Electronics, on on trade and investment issues, pre- and post-normalization.

Brad Silcox
Country Manager & Chief Representative, Pfizer Vietnam

I have been working for Wyeth/Pfizer for 25+ years, holding various Commercial and Finance roles. Prior to coming to Vietnam as Country Manager, I was the Regional Finance Director for APAC (2010-2012), Greater China (2009-2010) and Central Europe (2006-2009), having held key leadership roles in US, Europe and Asia.  Given this extensive experience in different markets, I have a diverse perspective on the development of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, as well as deep insight into market trends in APAC. I have been traveling with my family since 1998 and have spent 16 of the last 20 years outside the US.

 

Uday Sinha
CEO, Suntory Pepsico Vietnam Beverage

Uday is the CEO & General Director of Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage Company.

Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverages (SPVB) is a strategic alliance between PepsiCo Inc. and Suntory Holdings Limited, a Japanese beverages giant. After more than 23 years of operations in Vietnam, SPVB is one of the leading beverage companies with 5 manufacturing facilities nationwide, 5 sales offices and 1 Head office. The company now provides direct employment for more than 2,800 employees and thousands of indirect employees. It has 12 brands in market which are backed with a strong Go TO Market strategy. We have more than 450+ Distributors as our partners and more than 1900 Salesman who work everyday to make sure our product reaches 400,000 outlets thru their direct service and 700,000 outlets services through wholesalers. All our products are available in 1.1 million out of 1.3 million retail outlets selling FMCG products across Vietnam. Sustainable development, being responsible towards the community we live in are the driven objectives of SPVB. Currently, alongside providing high-quality products to meet the needs of consumers, SPVB carries out series of activities that benefit society. This is living our company Value of “share the profits with society”. SPVB is one of the top employers of choice in Vietnam.

Uday has over 22 years of working experience in MNCs. He has extensive cross culture and multi country exposure having worked in over 20 countries. Before coming to Vietnam, in his 15 years of working with PepsiCo, Uday has held many important roles including Marketing Manager, Sales Director, General Manager, Managing Director, etc. in India, Thailand, China, Taiwan and UAE. In 2015, Uday assumed the charge of CEO & General Director of Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage.

Under Uday’s leadership, the market share of Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage’s product portfolio reached 36% of total market in the Vietnamese LRB (liquid refreshment beverage) industry. The company is delivering double-digit growth consistently.

Uday is a dedicated sportsperson and love Cricket, squash, Golf and runs marathons! He also likes reading and spending time with his wife and son is a priority to achieve work-life balance. Uday hold a Graduate MBA degree from XLRI, India with ground as Mechanical Engineering.

Jocelyn Tran
Regional Senior Director of Southeast Asia, Wal-Mart Global Sourcing 

Jocelyn Tran photoJocelyn Tran joined Walmart Global Sourcing in March, 2013 as the Hub Leader and Senior Director for Walmart Global Sourcing operations in Vietnam and Cambodia. In this role she holds responsibility for sourcing products from ethical and responsible suppliers for Walmart US and international retail markets.

Prior to Walmart, Jocelyn was Associate Vice President for Mast Industries, a wholly-owned subsidiary of L.Brands, whose retailer brands include Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Henri Bendel. Her 17 year career with the company included roles responsible for apparel sourcing and production from Mexico, Central America and Vietnam. Her responsibilities also included opening the Mast office in Vietnam in 2002 and by 2012 she had built up substantial business opportunities for the company.

Since 2002, Jocelyn has actively participated in the American Chamber of Commerce and in 2003 was invited to join the Board in recognition of her leadership in AmCham’s efforts to develop a favorable VN-US Agreement on Trade in Textiles and Apparel. As Chair of AmCham Apparel and Textile Committee, she helped forge a coalition of AmCham and other Asian associations with similar interests (Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Vietnam) to advocate for greater investment in the textile and garment industry in Vietnam.

Bill Watson
Managing Director, Coats Phong Phu Co. Ltd. – Vietnam, Cambodia & Korea

Bill is the Managing Director of Coats Phong Phu, a 28 year old joint venture between Coats Group plc and Phong Phu Corporation.  With a rich heritage dating back to the 1750s, Coats is the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer and a major player in the Americas textiles crafts market.  Headquartered in the UK, Coats employs 19,000 employees in over 60 countries across 6 continents around the world.  Bill has been leading diverse, multicultural teams in Asia since 1994.  With a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, he first came to Asia with Milliken Chemical, div of Milliken & Co to set up their speciality chemical business throughout Asia.  With experience in both manufacturing, commercial and general management, Bill has led multicultural, diverse teams for over 23 years, and has specific expertise in change management, culture building, teamwork, and risk management and compliance.  In his current role at Coats he leads 1750 people and is responsible for 3 manufacturing operations in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Korea.


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Posted: Dec 14, 2016

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