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.

Amanda Rasmussen, Candidate for Board of Governors 2020

Amanda Rasmussen

Chief Operating Officer, Indo Trans Corp (ITL)

Amanda Rasmussen is the Chief Operating Officer of ITL Corp, a Top 3 leading logistics, transport and supply chain company in Vietnam and one of VNR’s TOP 50 Best companies and TOP 500 Biggest companies. ITL is a leading regional solutions provider of Aviation, Integrated Logistics, Warehousing, Freight Management, Customs, Distribution and eCommerce services in Vietnam and Indochina.

Today, ITL has 2000+ employees with more than 70 locations in Vietnam along with offices in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand.

Amanda has lived and worked in Vietnam since January 2003 and is the current Chairwoman of AmCham Ho Chi Minh City and National Chair in 2019. Amanda joined ITL Corp in 2017 after having held previous roles with DHL and Maersk plus previously running her own training and consulting company.

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.

Vision Statement

I have been actively involved in AmCham since 2003 as a regular member and previous founder and committee chair for the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Committee. In addition, I am currently the sitting Chairwoman of AmCham Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City Chapter and National Chair in 2019. I have enjoyed this role immensely in working together with the current Board of Governors to drive meaningful and progressive development for AmCham including a newly hired Executive Director and several new achievements in terms of Advocacy and Events.

My vision for AmCham is to be an integral part of the continued success of AmCham Vietnam and the further development of US business interests in Vietnam with a view to promote investment, bi-lateral trade and constructive business exchanges that create opportunities economically and for our business community. I continue to have a specific focus on the enhancement of the logistics and supply chain community in Vietnam along with a passion for the development of industry talent and increasing the profile of women in this important industry sector.  Finally, my vision for AmCham is to further foster an open, collaborative and best practice driven business community that seeks and delivers a valuable platform for our members to achieve success through our 3 core principles – information sharing, networking and advocacy.