This election -one more time- I am asking for your vote to serve for another term at AmCham China’s Board of Governors.
I don’t take it for granted, especially in these critical times. The role of the American Chamber of Commerce is as important as it has ever been. The relationship between the US and China is extremely complicated, COVID-19 imposes challenges on our member’s businesses unlike anything we have seen before, and the regulatory framework in China moves at an increasingly quick pace (new regulations impacting the environment, cybersecurity, taxation, to name just a few).
AmCham China plays a role representing our businesses, keeping communication channels open between the two administrations, advocating for our positions, and supporting in practical ways our member companies. You pay your fees, and have a right to expect a lot from us. It will be my responsibility to work to live up to it.
My focus has been in this last term to bring clarity to the positions of the Chamber, and ensuring that we articulate the needs of our members to the authorities in the US and China in a pragmatic and constructive way. I am also keen on understanding and prioritizing the needs of our members on the ground in China, particularly small and medium size enterprises that rely on AmCham China for support. This include help on training, regulatory advice, social initiatives, and of course pressing realities like support on travel and visa requirements for the employees of American companies and their families.
My commitment is to dedicate my time and effort to these tasks, as I have done the last few years. I have learnt a lot in my first years at the Board, and with your support, I hope to continue serving your needs in 2022.
Fernando Vallina serves currently as ExxonMobil’s lead executive in China.
He is a graduate of the Autonomous University of Madrid, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Instituto de Empresa (IE), Spain.
Fernando joined ExxonMobil Chemical in 1987. He has held a wide range of management positions in sales, marketing, technology, planning and supply chain in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
He has lived and worked in China for nine years, in two separate assignments. He was Global Logistics and Distribution manager, ExxonMobil Chemical Company before assuming the position of Chairman, ExxonMobil (China) Investment Co., Ltd. on March 1, 2017.
Fernando is currently a Governor at the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in China (Beijing), a Vice-Chair of the Board of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM), and serves on the Executive Board of the Multinational Companies’ Committee of China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation. He co-chairs the Women Empowerment Council, focusing on gender equality and diversity matters, and is also a Global Investment Advisor to Guangdong Province.