Board of Governors

AmCham China is a member-led organization. Members of AmCham China's Board of Governors are elected on an annual basis by AmCham China members with voting rights. The 2017 AmCham China Board of Governors is listed below. The Board assumed office on January 1, 2017.


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William ZARIT The Cohen Group
The Honorable William Zarit advises major Chinese companies on how to navigate the U.S. investment market, and helps U.S. multinationals working in the Chinese commercial environment.

Vice Chairmen

Michael BARBALAS Individual
Michael Barbalas is a Beijing based speaker, board member and consultant.
Patrick POWERS Rockwell Automation
Patrick Powers has 30 years of experience in international commerce, government relations and trade policy, achieved in a career that has spanned Asia but focused primarily on China.
Colm RAFFERTY Vermeer Corporation
Colm Rafferty is the Vice President – Asia Pacific for Vermeer Corporation and is Chairman of Vermeer China Limited.


Jon CHRISTIANSON Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Jon Christianson is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s Beijing office where he has been located since 1999.
Eric HIRSCH Jones Lang LaSalle
Eric Hirsch is the head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Commercial Office Leasing business in Beijing.
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Malone MA MetLife
Malone Ma is the Global Vice President and Chief Representative in China for MetLife, Inc..
Lester ROSS Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Lester Ross is Managing Partner of the Beijing Office of the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (WilmerHale).
Eric SCHMIDT EventBank
Co-Founder and CEO of EventBank, a cloud-based engagement management software company.
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Timothy P. STRATFORD Covington & Burling LLP
Tim Stratford is a partner in the firm's Beijing office and a member of the International Trade, Corporate and Government Affairs Practice Groups.
Mark WHEELER ConocoPhillips China
Wheeler began his career as an exploration geologist in Houston, Texas in 1980. Between 1980 and 1994, he worked in the U.S. in a number of technical and supervisory positions, located in Midland, Texas, ...
Albert XIE General Motors
Albert Xie was appointed vice president, Public Policy and Government Relations, for GM China, effective February 7, 2014.
Gloria XU Dow Chemical
Gloria Xu is Government Affairs General Manager, Greater China, the Dow Chemical Company and responsible for the company’s policy advocacy and government engagement in the Greater China region.
Helen YE Ogilvy
Helen Ye joined Ogilvy Public Relations in 2016. She is in charge of the company’s China Outbound Practice, supporting brand building, high level government exchange and training programs for Chinese companies ...