AmCham expands board to 11 seats after ‘a surge in membership and candidates’ this year

Harrison White 

The American Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (AmCham) has increased the number of board positions from 9 to 11 this year after receiving 19 candidate proposals for five available spots In the chamber’s Annual General Meeting this month.

15 out of the 19 candidates have been approved eligible after three were found to not be member company representatives and one pulled out with potential candidates being elected by an electronic voting system for the first time.

Originally 3 seats were to be decided by the election, however given the
expansion of the Board, 5 Board seats will be determined, the chamber said.

The increase in board positions has coincided with an increase in chamber membership which has reported a year-on-year increase of membership from 122 to 175, representing a 44% growth.

The Chamber will hold its AGM on December 14th at the Raffles Hotel and announce its new Board of Governors based on early, electronic, voting which started on December 6th.

The full list of candidates and their background can be found here.


AmCham’s Board of Governors takes an active role

AmCham President Anthony Galliano commented that “the Board of Governors has taken a very active role in the management and operations of the Chamber, aligned with the Executive Director and his team.

The Chamber’s activities and engagement with its members have dramatically increased, particularly in the areas of Advocacy, now 7 committees, Sectorial Events, CSR, MOUs with Associations with common objectives, Networking Events, and Forums. Our philosophy has shifted as we now look at our members as customers and we are focused on the “Voice of the Member”.

As a consequence, our engagement and dialogue with the membership has substantially magnified as the Chamber strives to support, assist, and address their market concerns and ambitions,”

The current Board of Governors consists of Anthony Galliano as President, Pily Wong as Vice President, Christopher McCarthy as Secretary, Kim Tol Tan as Treasurer, Ashley Irving, Ing Rina, Michael Berg, Devin Barta, and Matt Van Roosmalen as Governors.

Mr. Barta is running for election while Mr. Irving and Van Roosmalen are retiring from the Board.

According to AmCham regulations, candidates are elected by members to the board of governors annually with a two-year term limit. Board members must step down following two consecutive terms for a period of one year before becoming eligible to run again.

Founded in 1996, the American Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (AmCham Cambodia) supports, advocates and promotes forward-looking Public and Private Sector collaborations that contribute to the regional and global advancement of the Cambodian business environment, professional development and technological innovation in the overall achievement of meaningful, diversified economic growth.

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