About the author  ⁄ AmCham Vietnam

AmCham is an independent association of companies with the objective of promoting trade and investment between Vietnam and the U.S. With two chapters, one in Ho Chi Minh City and one in Hanoi, our membership of 700 companies and 1,500 representatives is unified by a commitment to promote trade and investment between Vietnam and the United States.

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 labor law.

Vision for AmCham

If elected as a Governor, my primary goals during the term are to increase the advocacy voice of the Chamber and its members in policies that shape the labor law reform and education and training systems of Vietnam. Employment and labor law, and work force development are crucial and fundamental to every one of our members, regardless of their industries and stages of development. By working with the Vietnamese Government to develop more transparent and sensible labor policies, more effective implementation of the rules of law, improving cost competitiveness, increasing productivity, and providing better programs for workforce development, we will improve the business environment and make Vietnam a more attractive investment destination. This will benefit our members and eventually promote trade and investment between Vietnam and the US.

I will continue identifying and engaging key Vietnamese Government stakeholders in these endeavors, and will have the Chamber participate more actively and effectively in policy discussions with the Vietnamese Government agencies. To this end, I plan to organize more frequent dialogues between the Chamber, its members and the US and Vietnamese Governments, both at the central and local levels.

I will also focus on understanding specific needs and demands of our diverse membership, through tailored events and initiatives that are relevant and effective. Our member demographics have evolved over the years. We have more young and dynamic individual members, and more diverse corporate members ranging from large MNCs to SMEs and start-ups. Thus we should expand our traditional approach to having more creative programs, which will offer better opportunities to all members for networking, information sharing and creating business solutions.

I will also prioritize my efforts in promoting the development, collaboration and cooperation among the Chamber committees. The focus is to create synergies among the Committees to address common issues that our members face and help all committees achieve AmCham’s overall objectives.

 

 

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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.

 

Vision for AmCham:

My vision for Amcham, and for Vietnam, is that our organization continues to help enable companies to build the capabilities that will help them reach greater success.  The textile industry is a large and integral part of Vietnam’s total global trade, and my experience both in the textile industry and throughout Asia will be an asset that can assist as we advocate for the right legislation that will help both American and Vietnamese businesses, and the people in Vietnam that work in them.  In addition, the need for good examples of Corporate Responsibility is becoming ever more important in Vietnam today, and the experience both myself and Coats can bring to this area will be an added benefit.

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Michael Hoe-Knudsen
Regional General Manager IHG Vietnam/ Cambodia

General Manager InterContinental Saigon Hotel & Residences

Michael Hoe-Knudsen is currently the 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 bringing 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.

Appointed member of the Board of Governors since May 2017, Michael has been actively involving in the board meetings to enhance the Chamber’s business environment as well as revitalizing the Amcham Hospitality and Tourism committee.

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.

— statement concerning his/her participation in and support for AmCham in the past, and “vision for AmCham” in the future.

Since appointed, I have been working closely with the AmCham H&T committee, providing perspectives and recommending strategic guidances in order to heighten potential business opportunities. Together with the H&T committee, I will be presenting the position paper to leaders of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s committee, in which is to encourage relationship between public and private cooperations, to propose and advocate a tactical plan of promoting HCMC’s hospitality and tourism industry in the future.

Being re-elected to the Board of Governors will bring me the opportunity to focus and expand the hospitality and tourism business environment of AmCham along with supporting the Board and Executive Directors with the overall mission and vision of the Chamber

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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 as well as having previously having served as Chair for the Logistics and Supply Chain 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.

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Uday Shankar SinhaCEO & General Director
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.

 

Vision for AmCham

My vision is to work with my fellow Governors and Amcham Members towards to promote trade, and to develop a transparent investment environment. Leveraging my international and cross-cultural experience I can add value to very specific business issues, and to build up Vietnam as a top investment destination for businesses. I will enhance the advocacy agenda and help achieve the objective of AMCHAM – of promoting trade and investment between Vietnam and the U.S.

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Ho Chi Minh City, October 20th, 2017 – The pre-eminent travel publication Condé Nast Traveler has named The Reverie Saigon at number four in its list of ‘50 Best Hotels in the World’. The result was from a survey of more than 300,000 of the magazine’s readers for their annual Readers Choice Awards. It was the only hotel in Vietnam to make the list.

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner that means it’s time for our 17th Annual AmCham Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot Golf Tournament!!

This fun day of golf is open to all AmCham Members and their guests!  You can sign-up individually or with others members or friends and even make your own foursome.  Non-Members are welcome to join as along as they are playing with at least one AmCham Member.

This Thanksgiving Day golf event will kick off at Vietnam Golf & Country Club with an 8:00amShotgun. There lots of prizes for all to win, a commemorative golf cap just for each participant.  Products of Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Budweiser beer will be served throughout the day and our awards ceremony will feature a bountiful Roast Turkey spread for everyone to enjoy have a fun day out on the course!!

Don’t miss out on this Annual golfing event and sign up today!!!

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