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Travis Mitchell Steps Down as AmCham Cambodia Executive Director for New Role with AmCham Ho Chi Minh & Da Nang

Travis Mitchell Steps Down as AmCham Cambodia Executive Director for New Role with AmCham Ho Chi Minh & Da Nang

Cambodia Investment Review

Travis Mitchell, the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (AmCham Cambodia), has announced his departure to assume a new role as Executive Director of AmCham Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang, Vietnam. Mitchell emphasized his commitment to becoming a “strong advocate for Cambodian trade and business opportunities” within the Vietnamese business community.

A farewell event held at Rosewood Phnom Penh was attended by over 150 notable business leaders, reflecting the high regard in which Mitchell is held. The event was a testament to his significant contributions to AmCham Cambodia.

Casey Barnett, President of CamEd Business School and President of AmCham Cambodia.

Founded in March 1994, shortly after the U.S. lifted its trade embargo, AmCham Vietnam operates two independent offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. These offices focus on local events but collaborate on national issues, promoting trade and investment between Vietnam and the U.S. The organization boasts over 500 companies and 1,500 representatives, with membership spanning manufacturing, sales, transportation, logistics, professional services, business services, and travel and tourism sectors.

Overseen AmCham Cambodia Double In Size & Triple Its Events

AmCham Cambodia has experienced unprecedented growth under Mitchell’s leadership. The chamber recently announced a record membership of over 240 organizations and companies across 14 sectors, highlighting its vital role in Cambodia’s business ecosystem. During the 2024 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Charity Gala, five new board members were elected, and the chamber’s financial health was demonstrated with revenues of $424,000, an operating surplus of $21,000, and a cash balance of $104,000. These figures underscore AmCham Cambodia’s robust membership engagement and successful event-hosting capabilities.

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AmCham Cambodia team.

Reflecting on his tenure, Mitchell remarked, “Since taking over the role in 2020, I have overseen AmCham Cambodia double in size and triple its events. We have cultivated a more inclusive environment, embracing a diverse range of ages, genders, and nationalities among our members.” Mitchell has worked with four presidents during his tenure, including Allen Dodgson Tan and Anthony Galliano. He emphasized his dedication to creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for all members of the Cambodian business community.

Speaking to Cambodia Investment Review about his transition, Mitchell said, “I am excited about the new role in Vietnam and the opportunities for cross-border collaboration between the two business communities. I aim to be a strong advocate for Cambodian business opportunities to Vietnamese investors.”

Exceptional Ability To Engage & Unite The AmCham Community

Allen Dodgson Tan, who was the president of the board when Mitchell was first hired, praised his contributions, stating, “Travis’s exceptional ability to engage and unite the community has been instrumental in AmCham’s success during his tenure. His leadership and dedication will leave a lasting impact, and he will be deeply missed.”

Mitchell’s departure marks the beginning of a search for a new Executive Director for AmCham Cambodia. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the chamber to submit their CV and cover letter. The new director will be expected to build on Mitchell’s legacy, continuing to promote trade and business opportunities in Cambodia and fostering international connections.

A farewell event held at Rosewood Phnom Penh was attended by over 150 notable business leaders.

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