Chad Ovel, Candidate for Board of Governors 2020

Chad Ovel

Partner, Mekong Capital

Chad Ovel has lived and worked in Vietnam continuously since 1996.

Chad is a Partner at Mekong Capital, a Vietnam-focused Private Equity firm, specializing in consumer driven businesses. Established in 2001, Mekong Capital has the most extensive private equity track record in Vietnam having completed 35 private equity investments, of which 26 have been fully exited. Chad has led Mekong Capital’s successful investments in various sectors including pharmaceuticals, real estate, logistics, casual dining and retail.

Before joining Mekong Capital, Chad had a successful track record as a CEO leading the rapid growth of ScanCom Vietnam, a foreign-owned furniture export manufacturing business, and AA Corporation, a local company operating in the sectors of construction, retail and manufacturing.

Chad is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He holds a BA from Carleton College and an MBA from University of Chicago.

Statement of Interest

Chad previously served as a Governor on the Board of Governors of AmCham Vietnam-HCMC from 2008-2014.

Chad’s vision for AmCham in the future is:  AmCham Vietnam is widely recognized by its members, the business community, the US Mission to Vietnam and the Government of Vietnam as a being an active champion for enabling the continued sustainable growth of Vietnam’s private sector and balanced growth in trade between the United States and Vietnam.

AmCham will successfully achieve this Vision through:

a) being a knowledgeable and resourceful thought-leader and proactively disseminating such knowledge with all relevant stakeholders;

b) soliciting and representing the voice of the organization’s members;

c) taking a strong stand for high standards and non-discriminatory enforcement of existing domestic laws and regulations and as well as full compliance with commitments made in existing trade agreements; and

d) enrolling the Government of Vietnam to adopt global best practices when conducting policy reform.

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