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[Organized by Amcham Vietnam] Development of Middle-level Managers: Challenges and lessons learnt for Vietnam


Organizations need a solid core – strong mid-level managers and leaders. Mid-level managers act as the chain eye between the executive level and mass at the front line. They are responsible for execution and turning senior leaders’ vision for the organization into reality.

Vietnam has a huge potential labor force, but all multi-national companies operating in Vietnam are facing a scarce supply of talents at executive and middle management levels. This has not only created escalated employee expectations but also impacted the recruitment and retention practices of companies. A few companies may afford to send expatriates to Vietnam to fill the skills gap at the top management positions. However, filling mid-level management positions by expatriates would be too costly, let alone it is not a sustainable HR strategy.

Join us for an interactive discussion to uncover issues related to management training in Viet Nam and explore what works and what does not work for companies to recruit, train and retain mid-level managers. This breakfast seminar is recommended for business leaders and those responsible for training and development talents at companies.

5-minute quick survey on Vietnamese middle management: This short survey is aimed at business leaders in foreign invested companies to tell us of the current state of their middle management group. All responses are confidential to HR2B. Aggregate report will be shared at the HR Committee meeting September 15 2015. This Survey is open until 12 noon Monday September 14 2015:

Date & time: 8:30am – 10:30am | Tuesday, 15th Sep 2015

Venue: Carevelle Hotel Saigon, 19 Lam Son Square, Dist 1, HCMC

Click here to fill the registration form online

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  • 8:30 am: Registration & Breakfast Refreshment
  • 9:00 am:  Welcome Remarks
  • 9:05 am:  Presentation
  • 9:20 am:  Panel discussion & Q&A
  • 10:30 am: Event Ends

Costs: Members – VND 500,000 | Non-members – VND 650,000


DSCF0763 copy copy 1Mr. Tom Vovers

Mr. Tom Vovers is an Australian human resources professional with over 25 years experience working for large MNC corporations in Australia, Thailand, Singapore and Viet Nam.  He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Henley Management College UK.  In 2003 he established HR2B in Ho Chi Minh City with the aim of providing HR consulting expertise to business in Viet Nam.  Since then the business has grown and now offers executive search services, payroll processing and staff outsourcing from 3 offices nationwide Viet Nam.  With over 70 consultants, HR2B is among the top 3 HR firms in the country.


unnamed (1)Mr. Kenneth Tse
Mr. Kenneth Tse is the Manufacturing Director at Intel Vietnam facility since 2014.  Prior to coming to Vietnam, Kenneth was the Manufacturing Director for Intel Chengdu facility in China and had held various technical and management positions at Intel Silicon Fab in U.S. before moving to China for family reasons.
Kenneth graduated from University of California majoring in Chemical Engineering and obtained his MBA while working in U.S.  Kenneth is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) based on his own interest.  Kenneth is married with a 1.5 years old daughter.

Mr. HuyMr. Huy Nguyen

Mr. Huy Nguyen has been General Manager for Pepsico Foods Vietnam since 2013.  Before this time, from January 2004 he worked for PepsiCo and held various positions In Sales Including : Sales I&S Manager, Trade Marketing Manager, Senior Sales Manager, Senior Commercial Manager.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Huy worked at Kimberly Clark for 4 years as Sales Supervisor and Area Sales Manager.
Huy graduated from Foreign Trade University-Vietnam and then obtained MBA with Distinction at Maastricht School of Management. Married to his classmate with 2 kids: 10 years old daughter and 2 years old son.

Brian Schultz - Bio[1]Mr. Brian Schultz

Mr. Brian Schultz is the Product Operations Director for Nike Footwear in Vietnam.  He has been with Nike for 12 years, with the most recent four years working in Vietnam.  Brian has held various roles in the company, including positions within Lean, Global Apparel Operations, and Product Creation.  Prior to Nike, Brian worked three years as a consultant in a supply chain software and services company, and over seven years with Levi Strauss & Company in their Global Research & Development organization.  Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Pham Phu Tuan-Cau TreMr. Pham Phu Tuan

Mr. Pham Phu Tuan is Deputy General Director of Cau Tre Export Goods Processing JSC. He has been holding various senior management positions in over 20 years working for large multinational and local companies in FMCG industry including PepsiCo VN, Kimberly Clark VN, Vinamilk, and Cau Tre. His broad business management experience covers general management, strategic planning, business restructuring, financial management, marketing and sales.

He received a Bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from Finance and Accounting University HCMC and an MBA with marketing and finance concentrations from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 11.41.19 AMMs. Hang Nguyen

Ms. Nguyen is a Partner in our Ho Chi Minh City Offices who is admitted to practice law in New York and Vietnam. Since joining Baker & McKenzie in 2006, she has provided legal advice and assistance on a wide range of practice areas in various investment projects and has advised on transactional, corporate and regulatory issues in Vietnam, including employment and labor, merger & acquisitions, compliance, corporate and commercial.
With regards to her employment law practice, Ms. Nguyen heads the Firm’s labor and employment law practice group in Vietnam and is part of the wider Asia Pacific and Global Employment Law Group of the Firm. She advises on all types of employment and labor matters, in both contentious and non – contentious issues, but she particularly focuses on labor regulations compliance, employment aspects of major transactions and corporate restructurings, global migration and executive mobility, restrictive covenants, labor relations and unions, and labor dispute resolution.
Ms. Nguyen is the Chairwoman of HR/Labor Committee of American Chamber of Commerce, Ho Chi Minh City Chapter, and is a leading authority and frequent speaker on Vietnam employment and labor law in Vietnam and the region.
Ms. Nguyen holds a B.A. in International Law from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, a LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, and an Executive MBA from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Shidler College of Business.

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