Michael Kelly elected chair of AmCham Hanoi

The board of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Hanoi) elected Michael Kelly as its new chairman for 2018. He succeeds Citibank’s Natasha Ansell who held the post in 2017.

Michael Kerry speaking at the Amcham Hanoi ceremony
Kelly said that he looks forward to working with AmCham members to further foster and deepen economic, social, and business ties between Vietnam and the US.

He added, “It is with great humility that I take on this position to strengthen AmCham as the voice of American business in Vietnam in order to create a competitive and sustainable business climate for US companies and investors here. I look forward to working with my AmCham colleagues to ensure the organisation’s on-going success.”

Kelly is the executive chairman, CEO, and general director of ACDL and the Ho Tram Project Company, which owns and operates The Grand Ho Tram Strip—the largest foreign-invested tourism project in Vietnam.

Kelly has approximately 30 years of experience in the hospitality/casino industry in both the private and public sectors and has served as the CEO, COO, and/or CFO of some of the largest hospitality companies in the US. Prior to relocating full time to Vietnam in 2015, he owned and operated two integrated resorts in North America.

At the meeting of the AmCham Board of Governors, the board also selected Natasha Ansell (Citibank) as vice chair, Gaurav Sharma (BIDV-MetLife) as vice chair, Peter Ryder (Indochina Capital) as secretary, and Virginia Foote (Bay Global Strategies) as treasurer. Kelly will also serve as national chair for AmCham Vietnam this year and looks forward to working closely with colleagues in the Ho Chi Minh City chapter.

Founded in 1994, AmCham Hanoi is a non-profit organisation whose primary mission is to increase trade and investment between the US and Vietnam. AmCham supports the success of its members by promoting a healthy business environment in Vietnam, strengthening commercial ties, and providing high-quality business information and resources.

In 2018, AmCham will continue to play a helpful and constructive role, and to be a strong advocate for a better business environment in Vietnam. AmCham believes in Vietnam’s strategic goal to industrialise, modernise, and globalise, and its members are committed to working with partners in the government to create a more attractive, transparent, and stable business environment.

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