Lee Baker, Candidate for the Board of Governors, Annual General Meeting 2014

Lee Baker, Candidate for the Board of GovernorsLee Baker
Senior Legal and Operational Advisor
Leggett & Platt Global Services

Lee is Senior Legal and Operational Advisor for Leggett & Platt Global Services (LPGS) Vietnam, the local sourcing arm of Leggett and Platt, Inc., an NYSE-listed US company with over 200 branches in 35 countries. LPGS sources the full range of commodities, with a focus on the residential and commercial furnishings sector. Lee has headed up the Vietnam office since its opening in 2006.

Lee has more than 20 years of experience in both Vietnam’s legal and business sectors. Prior to LPGS, she has held legal positions with Allens Arthur Robinson (HCMC), Coudert Brothers (HCMC and Hanoi), the US-Vietnam Trade Council (HCMC and Hanoi) and the USAID-funded STAR legal reform initiative (HCMC and Hanoi).  Her business experience has been primarily in Vietnam’s “lifestyle” sector, where she owns a consulting company and has been involved as advisor and investor in the fields of furniture, restaurants, sports and wellness, and event planning.  Lee also is a regular lecturer and panelist on academic, business and legal affairs in, and regarding, Vietnam.

Lee served on AmCham’s Ho Chi Minh City Board of Governors from 1996 to Dec 2003 – as Chairman in 1998-1999, when the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement was initialed. After stepping down in 2004, she ran and was reelected to the Board in 2008. She is currently the Chairman of AmCham’s Membership Committee.

Before coming to Vietnam in 1995, Lee worked as a lawyer in Hong Kong and Washington DC. She graduated from Washington & Lee University School of Law, and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Vision for AmCham

If re-elected to the AmCham HCMC Board, Lee will continue to support AmCham initiatives to assist US business in Vietnam – particularly in the areas of labor relations, travel and tourism, and infrastructure development. Continued dialogue with the Vietnam government is critical at a time when business in Vietnam remains challenged, and when there is increasing competition from neighboring emerging markets.  Vietnam, in particular, needs to do a better of positioning itself as the obvious “go-to” for investors looking for alternatives to China, and to make doing business here more transparent and hassle-free.  It’s a long-term game in Vietnam, as most investors know; but Lee hopes to continue to bring her legal and commercial experience to bear for AmCham members’ benefit and to achieve strategic change, where realistic, sooner rather than later.  Lee also hopes to continue in her role as Membership Committee Chair and to work with other committee members to enhance the value of membership in the AmCham HCMC chapter.