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2018 Board of Governors

Jeffrey Nygaard Jeffrey Nygaard

Jeff Nygaard is a proven leader with track record of success. As a member of the Seagate executive management team, he is responsible for the operational excellence that enables Seagate to underpin and advance the global surge of data and its many uses in business and people’s lives.

Jeff started as an entry-level engineer and advanced to his current position as head of Global Operations at Seagate Technology. During his tenure, he was instrumental in building high-performance teams, integrating a competitor's business, developing strategic alliances and restructuring Seagate. Building a team that works across organizational boundaries to support Seagate’s customers is a crucial element of how we deliver the cash flow and profitability which shareholders and employees deserve.

Jeff is responsible for Seagate's global operations, with a footprint that spans across Asia, Europe and the United States. Seagate believes in designing and manufacturing core technologies that differentiate us from the competition. Seagate's operations are highly-automated, data-connected and analytics-enabled; with an extensive network of supply chain partners that bring experience and innovation in their area of expertise. Leading a global organization, Jeff manages over 34,000 people, who speak eight languages at 26 company locations on three continents. Seagate went through a tremendous restructuring in the past two years and Jeff has played a significant leadership role in the company’s restructuring to align to future market trends and requirements.    

From subcomponents to finished goods, Jeff and his team collectively produce leading digital storage products that enable people’s connected, always-on lifestyle. Jeff strongly reflects the senior management team’s philosophy that a holistic, responsible business that treats people, the environment and our community with respect enables better business results.

Jeff joined Seagate in 1994 and over the last twenty three years has held a variety of managerial and executive positions of increasing his scope in Development and Operations across Asia, Europe and the US.

Active in the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, Jeff currently serves as the President of the Chamber and its 650+ member companies and 2,000+ associates.

In addition, Jeff is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Minnesota.  He also completed an executive education program at Harvard University.  He lives in Thailand with his wife and two children.

Photo Brad Middleton
Vice President

Brad Middleton assumed the position of Managing Director of Chevron's Asia South Business Unit in January 2014.  As Managing Director, Brad is responsible for upstream operations in four countries: Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, and Thailand.

Over a 30-year career with Chevron, Brad has held a number of leadership positions of increasing responsibility and scope across the world.  Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the General Manager, Production Operations at Tengiz in Atyrau, Kazakhstan, General Manager of Corporate Strategic Planning and General Manager of Upstream Organizational Capability.  Brad has also held a number of operational leadership positions in Thailand, Nigeria, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Brad began his Chevron career in 1986 after receiving a bachelor’s of science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Louisiana State University.  He is married with three children.

Photo David Nardone 
Vice President

David Nardone is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Executive Director at WHA Corporation Public Company Limited.  He is Group Executive Industrial and International, Executive Director at WHA Industrial Development Public Company Limited (Previously Hemaraj). David joined Hemaraj Land And Development Public Company Limited in 1993 and was President and Chief Executive Officer from 1998 to March 2016 until Hemaraj delisted from the Stock Exchange of Thailand.  On April 20, 2015 Hemaraj was acquired by WHA Corporation in a voluntary tender acquisition.

WHA Industrial Development Public Company Limited with assets of $1.6 billion, is Thailand’s leading developer of industrial estates, factories, utilities and power through its subsidiary WHA UP, and property solutions.  Industrial customers include 1,100 land or factory contracts, 875,000 square meters of ready built factories and logistics parks, 15 power projects of 2,540 megawatts with a 21% shareholding, and 372 automotive contracts including Ford, Mazda, GM, Suzuki, MG, and Continental.  Industrial customer investment estimate is over USD $31 billion at 9+ industrial estates of 46,434 rai, 7,429 hectares or 18,574 acres in Thailand.  A new industrial estate WHA Industrial Zone 1 Nghe An, Vietnam has Phase 1 of 500 hectares of 3,200 hectares.

From 1980 to 1993, David held senior financial and manufacturing management positions in the computer industry residing in U.S.A., Thailand, and Hong Kong. 

David completed a BSBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship and a MBA at McKim D’Amore School of Business of Northeastern University in Boston, Ma. U.S.A.  His activities at Northeastern University include Alumni Leader Programs and as an Advisor for the Center for Emerging Markets (CEM) at the McKim D’Amore School of Business.  David contributes to economic forums and articles on automotive, industrial, investment and competitiveness.

He was a Governor at AMCHAM from 2001 to 2004, 2008 to 2011, 2013 to 2016 and serves in 2018 as Governor and Vice President.  He established the AMCHAM Corporate Partner program.  His involvement includes the Automotive Council of which he was a co-founder, various chamber and government advocacy issues, and as board liaison for the Business Economics, I-Day Picnic, and Trade and Investment Committees.

David resides in Bangkok with his wife Sirima and 1 of 4 children. Interests include architecture Red Sox, tennis, jazz, cigars, poker, and Italian wine.

Photo Herman Ehrlich 
Vice President

Herman is General Manager of Conrad Bangkok. He brings to the table more than 35 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. In his former role as General Manager for Hilton Osaka, he oversaw a multi-million dollar master plan project and has been involved in seven openings and major renovations. 

Herman hails from The Netherlands, a graduate from the International Hotel School Lausanne, Switzerland and further educated at IMD and London School of Business. He joined Hilton International in 1981 where he has been General Manager since 1997. His assignments included The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Cameroon, Taiwan, People’s Republic of China, Australia, Guam and Japan prior to arriving in the Kingdom of Thailand. Herman is quadric-lingual, married and has two adult children. He calls the U.S. home as his spouse and children are proud U.S. citizens. 

Herman has previously held a variety of roles in community organizations, such as the American Chamber of Commerce Japan, American Red Cross – Guam (Chairman) and Rotary eClub One (President 2009-2010). He believes that the solution to many world issues resides in education and has guest lectured at Kwansei (Gakuin) University Osaka, Aichi Shukutoko University Nagoya, University of Guam and James Cook University Cairns. Herman’s motto is well-known among his friends and colleagues: “challenge the status quo.”  He has served on the AMCHAM Thailand board since 2016

Photo Vira-anong Chiranakhorn Phutrakul
Vice President

Vira-anong Chiranakhorn Phutrakul was appointed to the position of Consumer Business Manager, Global Consumer Group, Citi Thailand in November, 2015. She is the first Thai staff member to be promoted to lead the Consumer Banking in Thailand. 

Prior to her appointment, Vira-anong was Managing Director, Country Retail Banking and Branch Distribution Head of Citibank Thailand. In this role, she was responsible for wealth management and retail banking products, as well as all Citi branches in Thailand. Prior to this, she was the Consumer Lending Head and Chairman of the Board for Citicorp Leasing (Thailand) Ltd. In that role, she was responsible for revolving and personal loan products and Citi Network branch distribution.

Up until 2010, Vira-anong was Global Transaction Services Head and Local Commercial Bank Head in charge of the branch’s transactional banking products covering Cash Management, Trade Products, and Securities Services for financial institutions and corporate clients, as well as middle market and small-medium sized client portfolios.

Vira-anong joined Citibank in Thailand in 1994 and first worked in the Corporate Finance department. She moved to Securities Services in 1995 as Head of Account Management and was subsequently appointed Securities Country Manager for Thailand. In 2000 she relocated to Hong Kong as Regional Clearing Product Manager – Asia, and in 2001 she took on the role of Securities Country Manager for Hong Kong and China. In November 2002 she returned to Thailand and assumed the role of Global Transaction Services Head.

Photo Dale Lee

Dale Lee co-founded CoffeeWORKS Limited in Bangkok in 1995 and serves as the company’s Managing Director to the present day. Together with co-founder Andrew Stotz, Dale has steered the company through the initial start-up period while surviving the 1997 economic crisis in Thailand and has since overseen the growth and professional development of the business to become one of the leading B2B fresh coffee roasting and commercial espresso equipment importers-distributors operating in Thailand.

Prior to co-founding CoffeeWORKS Limited, Dale worked within the U.S. coffee industry at First Choice Services in Los Angeles, California and before that at 5 O’Clock Coffee Company in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, gaining experience in equipment technical services, warehouse operation supervisory roles, and account sales.

Dale received a certificate of completion in Japanese language studies from Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, followed by a bachelor’s degree in Japanese Language with a minor in economics from California State University in Los Angeles, California.

Photo Jeremy R. Osterstock

Jeremy R. Osterstock is Chairman and Managing Director of both Esso (Thailand) Public Company Limited and ExxonMobil Limited. Jeremy has served on the AMCHAM Board of Governors since April 2017. He is also a member of the Board of Directors, and Treasurer, for the Thailand – United States Educational Foundation (Fulbright Thailand) and sits on the Council of Trustees for the Petroleum Institute of Thailand.

Jeremy has worked for affiliates of Exxon Mobil Corporation in a number of leadership positions in finance during his career, including assignments in the U.S., Belgium and now Thailand. Prior to moving to Bangkok in April 2017, Jeremy was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aera Energy LLC, a joint venture between Shell and ExxonMobil based in Bakersfield, California, USA.

Jeremy joined ExxonMobil after receiving his MBA in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business. Jeremy has a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University with an emphasis in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry. Jeremy and his wife, Tara, have two sons, Brady and Carson. Jeremy and his family have been active supporters of charity in each of the communities they’ve lived. Most recently, Jeremy was on the Kern County Community Council for the American Cancer Society, served as executive sponsor of Aera Energy’s Relay for Life campaign, an active volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club, and supported a community food bank at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bakersfield.

Photo Ian Nicholls

Ian Nicholls was appointed President of GM Southeast Asia effective September 1, 2017. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, he is responsible for GM’s business across Southeast Asia.  He reports to Barry Engle, Executive Vice President & President, GM International.

In this role, he leads GMI’s integrated Southeast Asian operations in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, overseeing manufacturing, quality, purchasing and planning, as well as vehicle sales, service and marketing.

Nicholls has almost three decades of experience in the automotive industry, including 27 years with GM.   

Prior to his current role, Nicholls served as President and Managing Director of GM Sub-Saharan Africa, starting in June 2015.

In June 2013, Nicholls was Vice President of GM South Africa operations, a role he held after heading planning for that organization for three years.  Before that, as part of an international service placement assignment, he worked as Global Segment Director for utilities and pickup trucks, based in Warren, Michigan, USA.  During his time there, he was responsible for global portfolio development for these segments.

Between 2003 and 2007, Nicholls was Director of Planning for GM South Africa with overall responsibility for strategic planning, product portfolio planning and program execution of vehicle programs . Prior to this he was based at Adam Opel in Russelsheim, Germany, where he was involved in the integration of the South African operations into GM’s worldwide purchasing process and global logistics optimization.

Nicholls began his automotive industry career in 1990 at Delta Motor Corporation where he held several positions, including Manager of New Business Development, Managing Director of a catalytic convertor subsidiary company and Director of Materials Management.

Prior to joining the automotive industry Nicholls worked at Deloitte.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (cum laude) from the University of Port Elizabeth and is a qualified chartered accountant. He also recently served as the President of the Nelson Mandela Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2016-2017).

Photo Parnsiree Amatayakul 

Parnsiree is a Managing Director of IBM Thailand Co.,Ltd. She oversees all facets of the business including Systems and Technology Group, Software Group, Global Technology Services, Global Business Services and the IBM subsidiaries namely IBM Solution Delivery Co. Ltd, and IBM Global Financing.

Throughout her 25 years working in IBM, she has been covering various leadership roles including Country Manager for General Business, General Manager of IBM Solution Delivery Co., Ltd., Executive Assistant to ASEAN/SA and Services Executive for Financial Services Sector, ASEAN/South Asia. Throughout it all, Parnsiree has repeatedly proved her ability to lead through diverse and challenging situations.

She is recently appointed by The Prime Minister as Board member of Thailand 4.0 council. Prior to this, she was a Board member of the National Reform Council on Vision Determination and Future Design where she is contributing to the national strategy and the vision for the future of Thailand. Parnsiree also sits on the council of Thailand Management Association. Additionally, she is the Leader for Women Diversity Council in the organization.

Parnsiree graduated in 1992 with a bachelor degree in Business Administration from Chulalongkorn University. She earned a Master of Business Administration from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, Los Angeles in 1996.

Parnsiree received “Thailand HR Top 100” award from the Human Resources Institute (HRI), Thammasat University in 2012 and "Women Who Make A Difference" award as a woman who has made a significant and outstanding impact in the field of Corporate Business from Thailand Tatler magazine in 2011. 

Photo James Amatavivadhana 

James has been CEO of Minor Lifestyle as a subsidiary of Minor International, the global conglomerate company, since 2015. With his visionary and distinctive leadership style, he is expanding businesses under Minor Lifestyle with double digits growth of revenue and profit and overseeing more than 1,500 employees.

Prior to joining Minor, James acquired solid experience with leading multibillion U.S. based companies such as Johnson and Johnson, Coca Cola and Procter and Gamble as Management Committee Team, Deputy President and top management positions for more than 25 years with exposures in many countries in Asia. His remarkable achievements in these leading companies were profitable growth of business expansions, merger and acquisition and business turnaround.

In addition, James was a lecturer in Advertising for undergraduate course at Assumption University and he is passionate about giving back to society via a variety of contributions.

He graduated with a Master’s degrees in economics from Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

Photo Ornkanya Pibuldham

Ornkanya (Mook) Pibuldham was appointed Managing Director and Chief Country Officer at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch in June 2013. She is based in Bangkok and covers operation of Bank of America N.A and Merrill Lynch Securities in Thailand. Mook is currently Chairperson of the Executive Board of NIST Foundation of International Education and Executive Board of Thai Energy Foundation.

With over 20 years experience in the banking industry, Mook has gained comprehensive understanding of Thailand and international banking businesses. She also possesses in-depth knowledge of wholesale banking products and risk management of all aspects. She has established long term relationships with major SET 100 companies and financial institutions. Prior to joining BofAML, Mook was the Managing Director and Head of Global Markets/Corporate Finance at Deutsche Bank AG, Bangkok from 2000 – 2013 and Head of Financial Institutional Sales at Standard Chartered Bank, Bangkok from 1996 – 2000.

Mook holds a Master's of Arts in Finance and Investments with distinction from University of Exeter and Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Chulalongkorn University.

Photo Yukontorn ‘Vickie’ Wisadkosin

Yukontorn ‘Vickie’ Wisadkosin was appointed president, Ford ASEAN, in October 2017 and reports directly to Peter Fleet, Ford group vice president, and president, Asia Pacific. She is based in Bangkok, and responsible for managing and growing Ford’s integrated operations across the ASEAN region, as well as Korea, and the company’s Asia Pacific Emerging Markets (APEM) unit.

Prior to this, Yukontorn served as director, Marketing and Sales, Ford ASEAN, from October 2016. In this role, Yukontorn had responsibility for all integrated marketing and sales efforts for Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, while concurrently retaining responsibilities as managing director, Ford Thailand, a position she has held since February 2013.

During her tenure, Yukontorn has helped drive the continued growth of the Ford brand in Thailand, as Ford’s market share has grown from 3.8 percent in 2013 to 6.4 percent in 2017. This includes the continued ascent of the Ranger, Ford’s flagship vehicle in the market, whose share of Thailand’s hyper-competitive pickup truck segment has jumped from 5.4 percent in 2013 to 12.2 percent in 2017, and stood at nearly 14 percent through the first quarter of 2018.

Yukontorn joined Ford in September 2012 as vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service. Prior to joining Ford, she served in management roles of increasing responsibility at multinational companies both in Thailand and on international assignments. This included the Minor Food Group’s The Pizza Company as avp-Global Brand Marketing, and with General Motors as managing director, GM Malaysia, as well as positions in the Sales and Dealer Network Development teams based in Illinois, USA.

Photo George Hartel

George Hartel is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at NaRaYa. As one of the leading Thailand handbag and accessories companies, NaRaYa (Narai Intertrade) is a privately held and vertically integrated business based in Thailand with a workforce of over 3,000 employees and a cooperation with more than 4,000 makers in the countryside to produce our high-quality products. Founded nearly 30 years ago, NaRaYa has grown into a popular brand among International consumers and tourist around the world. You will find their yellow branding and bags all across Thailand in 25+ retail store locations and in international markets across Asia. George’s role as COO is leading the transformation of the company as it continues to grow rapidly across more brands, product categories in fashion, and geographies with a specific focus on e-commerce expansion, international market development, employee engagement, and overall operational efficiencies of the business.

Prior to joining NaRaYa, George held a series of leadership roles at Newell Brands for 15 years across B2C & B2B categories. Most recently George was Regional Managing Director & General Manager for Asia at Newell Brands. George lived in North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia focused on International expansion for the company. As Global Director of Marketing and Business Development, he enjoyed successes including major product launches & joint venture partnerships in EMEA, LATAM, and APAC. Prior to moving to Thailand, he wrote the Global Category Strategy and Market Entry Plans for SEA, China, and India for both Rubbermaid Commercial Products and the Stationery business.

George is a graduate of Tulane University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and holds an Executive MBA from Wake Forest.

Photo Gregory Bastien

Greg has been working with American Axle & Manufacturing for over 17 years and as the Managing Director of American Axle & Manufacturing, Rayong, Thailand for 6 years.  During this timeframe his focus has been to grow the business within Thailand to include extensive localization of all product needed to support and vertically integrate the business within Thailand. Additionally, the business has grown from supporting one OEM to two OEMs within Thailand and exports to 3 other continents.

Prior to his assignment in Thailand, Greg was the Managing Director of AAM’s operations in Curitiba, Brazil. During his assignment in Brazil the business expanded extensively to support local growth and international customers located in Argentina, Mexico, and Germany. His assignments prior to becoming an expatriate 10 years ago included increasing positions of responsibility at American Axle & Manufacturing as well as TRW. Before joining the civilian workforce Greg served the US Military for 10 years and left the service as a Captain following extensive opportunities in various leadership positions.

He graduated from the United States Military Academy, Westpoint, NY with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a MBA from Spring Arbor University.

Photo David Lyman 
Board Advisor

David Lyman joined Tilleke & Gibbins in 1967 after a career in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service, became a senior partner in 1984, and is currently the Chairman & Chief Values Officer. He is a graduate of Duke University (BSEE, 1958) and Hastings College of the Law (JD, 1965).

David's experience encompasses many areas of the law including commercial, corporate, investment, and intellectual property. He has written many articles and spoken on various topics including foreign direct investment, environment and sustainable development, corruption, money laundering and corporate governance. His latest published work is "Lyman's Laws for Lawyers (and Everybody Else, Too!)."

He has not only distinguished himself in the law practice but has also become one of Thailand's best-known American residents through his activities and services to the Thai government and to the Thai and foreign business and social communities. He was a founder and executive board member of Lex Mundi in 1989 and an 18-year member and a Program Fellow of the World Economic Forum; is a member of the Anti-Corruption Commission of the ICC Paris, founder board member of the Thailand Chapter of the ICC, and a member of the Environment Law Commission of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Since 2003 until 2013 he has been on the Advisory Board of the International Crisis Group, Brussels. In 2016, David was awarded Certificate of Appreciation by AMCHAM for 60 years of service given by him and Tilleke & Gibbins to AMCHAM.

Photo Harold Vickery, Jr. 
Board Advisor

Harold Vickery is Chair of the Board of Governors of Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Chiang Mai. In 2016 he retired from Bangkok law firm of Vickery & Worachai Ltd., which he founded in 1975. He received his BA from Trinity College and JD from the University of Pennsylvania. On active duty with the U.S. Air Force between 1967-1972, as Foreign Claims Commissioner for Thailand (1968-1970) and Military Judge on the Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan Circuit (1970-1972), in 1989 he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Harold served nine terms on AMCHAM's Board of Governors and has held the following Chamber positions: Chairman of the Tax and Legislation Committee from 1978-1980, Vice-President in 1981, 1983, 1989, 1990 and 1991, Secretary in 1982, 1986, 1987 and 1992, Treasurer in 2001 and 2002, and President in 1984. Since 2014 Harold has been an Advisor to the Chamber’s Board of Governors. He has attended 26 meetings of the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers (APCAC) and several Washington Doorknocks, and in 1990 received the Chamber's Distinguished Service Award.  In 2004 Harold was a founder of American Chamber Of Commerce In Thailand Foundation and since then has served as a director and its treasurer.

Judy Benn Heidi Gallant
Executive Director

Heidi took over as Executive Director at AMCHAM in July 2018. She has been managing other membership associations in Asia for the past 2 years and has a background in the school industry. Heidi will work with members to improve the Chamber’s value proposition and to institute new activities which will foster member. She will welcome every opportunity to get feedback from AMCHAM members. Heidi is also Vice President of the AMCHAM Foundation.