Don Shapiro Honored by AmCham

More than 70 AmCham Taipei members and guests gathered at the Marco Polo Lounge on the 38th floor of Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel last week to honor Don Shapiro, Senior Director and Editor-in-chief of Taiwan Business TOPICS Magazine, for his over 50-year career in Taiwan. Guests enjoyed a selection of delicious food and a free flow of drinks while appreciating the beautiful view of the Taipei skyline.

From January 1, Don will serve as Senior Advisor to the Chamber on a part-time basis.

AmCham President Leo Seewald thanked Don for his 18 years of outstanding service to the Chamber, noting that a total of 222 monthly editions of TOPICS have been published under his direction. As a token of the Chamber’s appreciation, Seewald presented Don with a drawing depicting him together with the rest of the AmCham staff.

Among the many guests attending the event was David Lee, Secretary-General to the President and a former Foreign Minister and National Security Council chief. Lee shared an anecdote of how he has known Shapiro since Don gave him his first job some 45 years ago at the at the Trade Winds Inc. publishing company. Expressing thanks on behalf of the Taiwan government, Lee commended Don for his contributions to strengthening U.S.-Taiwan bilateral relations.

The Chamber also prepared a video reviewing Don’s career and lifetime achievements.

Announcing the Graduates of the First Class of NextGen Leadership Program

AmCham is pleased to announce the graduates of the first class of the year-long NextGen Leadership Program. It’s been an exciting year launching the program, and we have been proud to see our NextGen Leaders’ passion, persistence, and tremendous growth throughout the year. The Chamber was delighted to have AmCham Governors Paulus Mok, Country Officer of Citibank Taiwan, and Albert Chang, Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company Taiwan Office, speak about their career paths at the graduation ceremony. We hope their stories will help to inspire and provide guidance for the graduates in their development to becoming successful leaders.  Congratulations to the graduates of the 2020 NextGen Leadership Program!

Anne Hsu 3M Taiwan Sr. Division Manager
Benson Hsu 3M Taiwan Financial Planning & Analysis Manager
Frank Wu 3M Taiwan Sr. Division Manager
Gloria Hsiao 3M Taiwan Marketing Operation Head, CHIM Division
Jassica Wang 3M Taiwan Division manager
Rebecca Huang 3M Taiwan Marketing Development Manager
Stacy Huang 3M Taiwan Legal Counsel
Carol Yang Abbott Laboratories Service Corp. Senior Trade Marketing Manager
Charlene Liu Abbott Laboratories Service Corp. Business Development & Market Access Manager
Elsa Lin Abbott Laboratories Service Corp. Marketing Manager
Barnard Yu Amgen Taiwan Limited Associate Medical Director
Cindy Shih Amway Taiwan Co. Ltd. Head of Key accounts management and Biosimilars
Yen-Po Chen Amway Legal and Governmental Affairs Manager
Jordan Huang BABI Corp. International Sales Manager
Teresa Huang BABI Corp. Operations Manager
Angelica Wang Bechtel / Pacific Engineers and Constructors,  Co.  Ltd (PECL) Deputy Manager of Renewables Business Development
Brenda Pao Biogen Taiwan Ltd. Business Unit Manager, SMA
Yiya Chen Bristol-Myers Squibb (Taiwan) Ltd. Director, Commercial Strategy & Operations
Jessica Chang China Development Financial Holding Corp. Director
Leslley Wang Ford Lio Ho Motor Co., Ltd. Government Affairs Manager
Ariel Chan Johnson & Johnson Medical Taiwan Associate Product Manager
Jill Chen JT Tobacco International Taiwan Corp. Corporate Affairs Manager
Allen Cheng JT Tobacco International Taiwan Corp. People & Culture Strategy Supervisor
Joseph Tseng K&L Gates Counsel
Patrick Ng Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center Project Manager
Kuan-Yu Lai LCS & Partners Counsel
Evan Sheu Makalot. Industrial. Co., Ltd. Project Manager
Aaron Huang Prudential Life Insurance Company of Taiwan Associate Project Manager
Sonia Yu Prudential Life Insurance Company of Taiwan Section head of Customer Experience
Helen Chen SEMI Taiwan Manager

Interested in joining the NextGen Leadership Program? We’re always taking applications, so apply today!

Note: AmCham NextGen Leadership Program is open to all individuals, but the program is intended primarily for AmCham member companies. AmCham reserves the right not to admit applications without explanation.

AIT Director Meets with AmCham Leadership

Continuing his practice of meeting once each quarter to exchange views with the AmCham leadership, AIT Director Brent Christensen and several of his colleagues spent two hours in discussion with Chamber representatives on December 1.

The topics included the pending change in the name of the Chamber from AmCham Taipei to AmCham Taiwan, likely trends in U.S.-Taiwan economic relations in 2021 as a new administration takes office in Washington, and potential new areas of cooperation between AIT and AmCham.

The AmCham attendees were Chairperson CW Chin; President Leo Seewald; Board members Tim Shields, Angela Yu, Roger Yee, Renee Chou, Manohar Thyagaraj, and Stephen Tan; Intellectual Property & Licensing Committee Co-chairs Peter Dernbach and Vincent Shih; AmCham Senior Director Don Shapiro; and AmCham Director of Government and Public Affairs Gwenyth Wang-Reeves.

Accompanying Director Christensen from AIT were Commercial Section Chief Helen Peterson, Economic Section Deputy Chief Arati Shroff, and Economic officer Phill Loosli.

Due to the ongoing renovation project in the AmCham office, the meeting took place in a conference room at Baker McKenzie.