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Jeffrey Nygaard,

Executive Vice President, Global Operations, Seagate Technology.

2017-2018 AMCHAM Board President 

 

 

Remarks at AMCHAM Governor Ball 2018

On Saturday May 5 at Shangri-La Bangkok

 

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen.  Welcome.  And, thank you for joining us tonight to celebrate our 2018 American Chamber of Commerce Governor’s Ball.

It is my honor to welcome our Honorary Chairman of the Board, United States Ambassador Glyn T. Davies, and his wife Jackie to our event this evening.  We’re grateful for your strong support of the Chamber and its mission to promote a strong business relationship between the United States and Thailand, a relationship that demonstrates our commitment to both business and community.  Ambassador and Mrs. Davies, thank you for being so generous with your time.

The Governor’s Ball is the largest social event the Chamber hosts each year.  While the official purpose of tonight’s event is to install the 2018 Board of Governors, we also want to celebrate with our friends and colleagues.  Please do have fun.   I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 2017 board of governors for devoting their time and contributing to the Chamber.  And, I would like to thank the US Embassy team for their collaboration and steadfast support for all the activities.  We’re all busy with everyday life.  So, I greatly appreciate the Board, the Embassy and our members who graciously volunteered their time and effort to make our business and community activities successful.  On behalf of everyone here tonight, thank you.  Please join me to give them a big hand.

Before I announce the new board of governors for 2018, I would like to provide a brief update on 2017 and our plan for 2018.

Our focus in 2017 revolved around 3 main themes:  advocacy, member services and community support.  Those themes will continue in 2018.  Let me add some color on a few items.

Thanks for listening.  One other item before I introduce the Board.  We have been very busy over the last 6 months in our search for new Executive Director.  I personally have spent a lot of time on this activity.  Tom Sorensen, from Boyden, led our search process.  Tom, you and your team have been fabulous to work with.  Thank you.  But, honestly, I hope we don’t have to go through that process again anytime soon.  We had several outstanding candidates.  From that, I’m happy to say we have a new executive director:  Ms. Heidi Gallant.  She and her family will be moving to Thailand over the next couple months, with her start date around July 1.  She ran the British Chamber in Taipei, Taiwan.  Most recently, she was the executive director for the Asia Pacific Seed Association.  She and her husband are unable to join us tonight.  But, she is very excited about joining the team at AmCham Thailand. 

But, that also means that Judy will be leaving AmCham and repatriating to the US.  We’re very sad to be losing Judy’s leadership, experience and energy.  But, we’re happy for her in her new endeavors.  All of us associated with the American Chamber in Thailand owe Judy a huge debt of gratitude.  She made the chamber the standard in Thailand that it is today.  Over the last 17 years, she grew the membership 5x and put the financials on a solid foundation.  She formalized the committees and expanded their sphere of influence.  She set in motion the Charitable Foundation.  I could go on and on.  Net, on behalf of everyone here tonight, Thank You.

 

Best regards,

Jeff Nygaard

 

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