Running for: Governor
I feel passionate about serving the AmCham China members through the role of a governor. I am confident that I can serve the members well together with the other governors. I have rich experience working for the U.S. companies and serving AmCham China members. Also, being a Chinese citizen and having long-time government-affairs background will definitely help me in providing solid support to members and proposing directions for the board.
Most of my career so far was devoted to the U.S. companies, so I know them well. I worked for Eastman Kodak Company and PepsiCo. Now I'm with Cargill, another company with strong ethics, leading technology and great go-to-market strategy. However, needless to say, they all have issues related to market access, IPR, labor, etc. Over the year I have accumulated a lot of first-hand experience of dealing with the challenges companies may face, and deeply understand what works and what doesn’t for a U.S. company.
Also I know what members need. I co-founded and led for years the Food and Beverage Forum of AmCham China while at PepsiCo. Now I am co-chair of the Agriculture Forum. Both Forum represent interests of not only the big companies but also the smaller ones. I gained great amounts of insight and experience, as well as pleasure, working with and supporting them.
Owen Ma joined Cargill in 2014 as Vice President of Corporate Affairs. In this position, Owen Ma oversees Cargill’ government relations, stakeholder management, internal & external communications, issues management, and corporate social responsibility activities in China.
Prior to joining Cargill, Owen Ma worked in PepsiCo Inc. for nine years as the Corporate Affairs Director of Greater China Region. Before that, he was External Affairs Manager of Eastman Kodak Company. Owen Ma started his career in the All-China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives in 1997.
Owen Ma has rich experiences in external affairs of large multi-national companies, and has profound knowledge about China’s food and agriculture industry. He is a frequent speaker at various government and industry forums and seminars.
Owen Ma is also board member of a number of key industry associations, including China Green Food Association, China Feed Industry Association, and China Food Science and Technology Association.