On November 17, AmCham China wrapped up the year and kicked off the holiday season with the 41st Annual General Meeting. The event was held at the Park Hyatt with a limited number of guests attending in-person due to ongoing COVID-19 prevention measures, while many more attended virtually.
Craig Allen, President of the US-China Business Council was honored with the Pioneer Award. The Pioneer Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the US-China relationship. AmCham China Chairman Colm Rafferty presented Allen with the award and Board members Roberta Lipson and Bill Zarit were among those to pay tribute to him.
The Chairman’s Award was presented to Brent Young. This award from the Chairman recognizes an individual whose tireless service and dedication to the Chamber deserves special recognition. Chair Colm Rafferty also presented Young with the award. Rafferty praised Young’s work as a Board member for the last three years and Vice Chair for the last two, saying, “Brent epitomizes the AmCham China vision: We are an organization that is dedicated to improving the business environment by promoting constructive and sustainable US economic relations. He is well known in the AmCham China community as a world-class strategic thinker, having served as the head of corporate strategy for Intel China, one of our largest member companies in China. Brent is passionate about engaging with members and stakeholders, understanding their challenges and ambitions, and figuring out how to grow together with them.”
The Committee of the Year Awards were presented to the Cosmetics and Nutrition Committee and the Human Resources Committee respectively.
Board member Su Cheng Harris-Simpson also spoke to recognize the graduates of this past year’s Leadership Development Program (LDP). The AmCham China LDP was launched in 2018 with the goal of building an ever-expanding group of leaders capable of carrying the AmCham China community forward. Our mission is to nurture future leaders by encouraging them to engage with members of the AmCham China community and US-China relationship. Every year, the AmCham China Board of Governors selects 30 – 35 candidates to participate in this prestigious eight-month program.