American Chamber of Commerce Vietnam

AmCham Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City
Announces New Executive Director
Mary Tarnowka

The American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City (AmCham Vietnam HCMC) Board of Governors is pleased to announce that Mary Tarnowka, former United States Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, will lead AmCham Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City as its Executive Director.

Mary has extensive experience helping U.S. businesses thrive in Asia.  As U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City from August 2016 to July 2019, she oversaw a period of tremendous growth in the U.S. comprehensive partnership, including two unprecedented visits by a U.S. president to Vietnam in 18 months.  Mary actively promoted mutual peace, prosperity, and people-to-people ties in central and southern Vietnam.  She particularly focused on strengthening the bilateral trade and investment partnership in the dynamic southern region.

Mary was a member of the senior Foreign Service, with decades of experience in Asia, including postings in Seoul, Delhi, Shanghai, and Taipei, as well as at the State Department’s China Desk and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.  Prior to joining the State Department, Mary worked as a Certified Public Accountant and Manager at KPMG’s International and High Tech Tax Division in San Francisco.

AmCham Vietnam National Chairwoman and Chief Operating Officer of ITL Corporation Amanda Rasmussen believes Mary’s deep expertise on trade and economic issues and background as part of the U.S. Mission leadership in Vietnam will create new strategic opportunities for AmCham’s members, including strengthening advocacy with both the Vietnamese and U.S. governments:

“Mary’s perspective and unique professional background will usher in a new era for AmCham Vietnam HCMC.  We are thrilled Mary will lead our organization and support our members moving forward with her expertise in U.S.-Vietnam trade and investment.  As we commemorate AmCham Vietnam’s 25th anniversary this year, we celebrate the members who have brought us to this point and look forward to Mary’s fresh leadership to support AmCham’s growth and realize our organization’s full potential.”

AmCham Vietnam HCMC Board Member and Vietnam Trade Alliance CEO Walter Blocker adds:

“As we embark on our 25th year, AmCham Vietnam HCMC is fortunate to have Mary lead the organization and provide the vision needed to enhance membership value while ensuring we fulfill our mission to promote trade, investment, and goodwill between the United States and Vietnam.  The bilateral relationship has matured greatly and grown more complex.  Mary’s proven expertise will enable the Chamber to meet new challenges and better serve our members.”

Mary will begin her position in Ho Chi Minh City on August 19.  In anticipation of this opportunity, Mary has said, “I look forward to serve as the Executive Director of AmCham Vietnam HCMC and create new business opportunities for AmCham’s members, while strengthening U.S.-Vietnam trade and investment ties. Personally, I am delighted to return to Ho Chi Minh City, where I have made my home.”

About AmCham Vietnam

AmCham Vietnam HCMC has over 1,500 members representing 500 member companies.  As a non-profit, non-political, volunteer business organization, AmCham Vietnam is committed to promoting trade and investment between the U.S. and Vietnam as a means of supporting its members.  AmCham Vietnam was established in Ho Chi Minh City in 1994 and operates as a national chamber.  AmCham Vietnam HCMC and the Hanoi chapter (AmCham Hanoi) together represent one of the largest and most influential foreign business associations in Vietnam.

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