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.