HK AmCham appoints new president for 2022
The Hong Kong American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) has appointed Joseph Armas (pictured left) as president and Geoffrey Siebengartner (pictured right) vice president for 2022.
Armas is currently the Managing Director, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan of OTIS Elevator Company (HK), which will be AmCham President for next year and succeed current President Jessica Bartlett. Armas arrived in Hong Kong in February 2019 to take up his current position. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, he was Senior Manager and Regional General Manager for Northern California at OTIS Elevator Company. Armas has worked in the United States since the 2000s in various cities, including San Francisco and Seattle, according to his LinkedIn.
“Our chamber community is energized by the new leadership joining our board of directors to lead us into 2022 and the opening of our new community center, a premier and welcoming home for our businesses. We will continue our transformation into AmCham 2.0, a chamber that innovates to connect our members with communities in the United States, China and Hong Kong, ”said Armas.
Meanwhile, Siebengartner is currently Managing Director of Asia-Pacific Government Affairs for FedEx. He has been one of the broadest members of AmCham since December 2019, according to his LinkedIn. Siebengartner has been with FedEx since July 2017, responsible for leading FedEx’s regulatory and government affairs team in APAC. The team has also established and managed relationships with governments, policymakers and other stakeholders in the region and around the world to protect the interests of FedEx, the company’s customers and partners, and the air freight industry in general.
Last week AmCham Tara President Joseph said she was stepping down but would stay at the helm for six months, giving AmCham time to find a new president. Reuters reported that Joseph’s resignation was due to her failure to persuade the Hong Kong government to ease COVID-19 restrictions and the need to self-quarantine. She told Reuters that she was currently in the United States and would face three weeks of hotel quarantine if she returned to the city.
In light of Joseph’s departure, AmCham has appointed research firm Korn Ferry to launch a global recruitment process in 2022 for the selection of the next chamber speaker.
“The chamber appreciates Joseph’s service and investment in the future of AmCham. She helped bring the chamber into the digital age, advocated for tough issues, and launched AmCham 2.0, including leading the chamber to purchase our new community center, AmCham’s new permanent home. His leadership, wit and innovative thinking will be sorely missed, ”Bartlett said.
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