Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my pleasure to be considered by you for my potential election to the 2023 AmCham Board of Governors. My commitment to you is to best support your interest in the important role of the BOG in China. Details of my background and qualifications are presented in my submitted Bio and include over 35 years of global experience in business development and strategic planning including 22 years of successful business implementation in China. With my technical and business background I am strongly oriented to Intellectual Property Protection issues and have an in-depth understanding of working effectively with the major Chinese companies in cooperative alliances. I have been recognized through leadership responsibilities for my commitment to the success of teamwork and I bring this commitment to my potential BOG role.
There is much to understand about being successful in business pursuits in China and we are all compiling “lessons learned” as we work in this complex business environment. As I have grown in my understanding of the China business culture, I have had the opportunity to conduct seminars in “Doing Business In and Through China” to include effective formation of cooperative alliances along with the critically important strategic planning upon which success depends. The challenges are not always apparent and it is of obvious importance to recognize conflicts early. I will welcome the opportunity when asked by AmCham members to share these lessons. My business activity spans both mega project award and implementation as well as smaller service assignments.
Included in my background is my participation as Program Chairman for the Tokyo AmCham organization during my tenure in Tokyo. Through that activity, I gained an important understanding and appreciation of the value AmCham brings to its member companies. If favored with election to the 2023 BOG, I will make every effort to assist those seeking advice on how best parlay company and individual strengths to enhance ability to achieve and potentially exceed established objectives. I try to be a “good listener” and a “strong doer” and certainly welcome meeting everyone.
George Friddle provides muti-faceted consulting services for a broad range of strategic business planning initiatives principally in the energy sector. Offered consulting services capitalize on over 35 years of global experience in business development, project planning and implementation, commercial strategies and contract negotiations. Mr. Friddle’s experience spans 22 years of business development in China assisting foreign companies in market assessment and joint venture cooperation with key Chinese companies having complementatry capabilities, market position and business interests.
Consulting services include in-depth strategic planning and attendant business delopment expertise addressing key influencing factors for success in targeted market initiatives. Project delivery experience spans development and implementation of strategies for project award and execution including formation of consortiums for execution of mega technology based projects requiring diverse capabilities.
Formerly Senior Vice President of MaisonWorleyParsons, Mr. Friddle was responsible for company Business Development activities in China covering Foreign Direct Investments, including Joint Venture formation and Business Unit Manger responsibilities for the Chemicals and Energy Resource Sectors. Mr. Friddle has broad background in global business development in both North America and China with particular emphasis on LNG technology, production, delivery and utilization.
Mr. Friddle has participated in global business forums fostering Owner and Contractor cooperation and was previously a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the Engineering and Construction Contractor (ECC) global forum including serving as Co-Chairman. Mr. Friddle is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Chemical Engineering Department.
Experience includes substantial technology based project development and attendant IPP planning. Mr. Friddle’s considerable experience in coordination with Chinese companies for key development programs has included leading negotiations for formation of Cooperative Alliances and subsequent client negotiations for front end project development and EPCM services.
In recognition of Mr. Friddle’s Business Development contributions, including an exclusive alliance with Phillips Petroleum (now ConocoPhillips) for global application of the Cascade LNG Technology, Mr, Friddle was awarded Outstanding Business Professional of the Year within Bechtel Group of companies for achievement and demonstrated leadership in business development. Recognized for his broad and diversed experience in mega project development in China, Mr. Friddle has developed and conducted a seminar for the University of Texas at Dallas Executive Management Program on “Doing Business in China”. Seminar content included key organizational and execution factors substantially impacting the potential success of considered capital investment projects in and through China.
Mr. Friddle , in coordination with key associates in Cairo, Egypt, supports key intiatives for planning and development of investment and market opportunities in the energy sector for the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). This program builds on the confirmed interest of China based companies in pursuit of both equipment supply and technology to this rapidly developing market for gas processing, CNG and LNG project initiatives.
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