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The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore seeks a strong slate of candidates to fill the six seats on the Board of Governors that are up for election this year. The Nominating Committee is delighted to announce that AmCham is now receiving nominations and invites AmCham members to submit the names of willing and qualified nominees.

The Nominating Committee consists of:

  • Mr. Dwight Hutchins, Chair of the Nominating Committee, Former Chairman; AmCham Singapore; and Managing Director, Strategy-Consulting, Asia Pacific, Accenture
  • Mr. David Katz, AmCham Governor; Director-Public Affairs, Asia Pacific, KKR
  • Ms. Priya Mahajan, Head of Asia Pacific Public Policy & Regulatory Counsel, Verizon Communications and Co-Chair of the Cybersecurity Committee

Criteria for nomination:

Each candidate is required to meet the following criteria:

  • is an employee of a “Corporate” member company (if you are not sure of your membership category, please email election@amcham.com.sg to inquire)
  • has been resident of Singapore for at least 12 months or longer
  • is an experienced, senior member of his/her company
  • has a strong interest in American business in Singapore and the region
  • has been a member of AmCham for at least 12 months or longer
  • has demonstrated commitment to AmCham through consistent participation and other forms of support
  • is willing and able to commit time, experience, and resources to AmCham initiatives
  • is willing to attend bi-monthly Board of Governors meetings and other Chamber events and activities

The Nominating Committee will be happy to provide an overview of the Governors’ responsibilities. Interested parties may request it by emailing election@amcham.com.sg.

The nominations process:

Nominations must be made in writing by an AmCham member. Please note you cannot nominate yourself. The nomination must come from another member and seconded by an additional second member.

The nomination must be confirmed by:
  1. the person being nominated (signifying consent to the nomination),
  2. the proposer (the person making the nomination), and
  3. the seconder (the second person making the nomination).

Signatures may be electronic through email. The Nominating Committee may also make nominations with the prior written approval of the nominee.

If you are interested in running or wish to nominate someone, please email the following documents to election@amcham.com.sg no later than March 14, 2021:

  1. the candidate’s resume
  2. a high-resolution photograph (head shot)
  3. a brief biographic statement; and
  4. an explanation of candidacy addressed to the Nominating Committee

The biographic statement must be no longer than 150 words, of which two-thirds may relate to the nominee’s job and background and at least one-third must be AmCham-related, such as the candidate’s current involvement with AmCham Singapore, why he or she wants to serve on the Board, and what he or she could bring to the Board as a Governor. Please write the statement in the third person (“she is CEO” rather than “I am CEO”). The 150-word limit is a strict requirement to ensure fairness for all candidates. This statement will be included in the ballot materials should the candidate appear on the ballot.

The explanation of candidacy should be between 250-500 words and should provide a somewhat fuller explanation of why the candidate wishes to join the board and what he or she will be able to contribute. This explanation will be the basis for evaluation by the Nominating Committee.

Upon receipt of the above listed items, AmCham staff will provide a Statement of Responsibility that each candidate must sign to complete the application package. This statement summarizes AmCham Governors’ roles and responsibilities, as well as the role of the candidates.

Once your nomination has been submitted, a member of the Nominating Committee will arrange an interview with you to learn more about you and determine whether you meet the eligibility criteria.

Voting will take place from March 24 until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 23, 2021, at which time the final tally will be announced.

Rules on Campaigning:

Per AmCham’s Constitution Article VI, Section B(1)(n), please note that campaigning by the nominees or their supporters is not allowed. Campaigning is defined as a public communication that seeks or promotes for support of a candidate in an election. This includes but is not limited to emails, communications in social media platforms and other online platforms, websites, and any other influence by means of word, sound, writing or image. Violation of this provision may result in disqualification from the election.

If you have any questions or observe any violations or potential violations of this provision, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair at election@amcham.com.sg.