Cao Hoang Nam, PepsiCo Vietnam
Nam has more than 15 years of working experience in planning and implementing strategic corporate communications, social media, public policy, and government affairs for FDI business sectors in the Vietnam market. Graduating from the University of Oregon, USA, with a Master’s Degree in International and Global Studies, he underwent several intensive trainings by highly reputable institutions. This includes the Media Prevention program by Claremont Graduate University, USA, and the Strategic Management Program by Aston Business School, UK.
Nam currently serves as Head of Public Policy, Government Affairs and Communications at PepsiCo Vietnam. Formerly, he was a manager at Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage and Mondelez Vietnam.
Nam has made significant contributions to the promotion of the food and beverage industry whilst serving as Chair of AmCham Ho Chi Minh City’s Food & Beverage Committee from 2017 to 2020. Under his leadership, the committee implemented various successful public and government advocacy programs to promote a better business environment for the market. At the time, an influential advocacy campaign was carried out to replace Food Safety Management Regulations (Decree 38) by a new regulation (Decree 15) in 2018. Considered a ‘revolution’ in food safety management in Vietnam, the F&B industry reduced 95% of the government import inspection and administrative burden and saved an estimated 4 million workdays annually, in addition to 3,700 billion VND (US$ 150 mil).
In 2019, he led a media agenda of 10 business associations to advocate Labor Code Revision, in which overworking time and flexible time were changed to adapt to the current needs of business. He played a key role in coordinating joint public policy agendas between AmCham and local business associations for the Draft Decree of enforcing law on Environmental Protection of MONRE, Draft Decree of International trade of General Customs, Vietnam quality standards, label regulations, etc.
During the Covid-19 crisis, beginning in 2020, Nam has been one of the initiators and contributors in working and coordinating AmCham and 18 local business associations to advocate successfully for “Private Sectors are authorized to buy Covid 19 vaccines” and Resolution 128/NQ-CP of the Government on interim regulations on “Safety, flexibility, and effective control of COVID-19 epidemic”.
Nam is one of the pioneers in shaping and promoting better social media and internet governance and education in Vietnam by being the Founder and Chief Coordinator of the Vietnam Program for Internet & Society (VPIS), University of Social Sciences & Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi. He initiated and managed a Digital Media Training Program which held annual training courses to provide up-to-date knowledge and skills of digital news reporting and management for young and talented reporters. Otherwise, he was one of the initiators and the main contributor to founding the Vietnam Internet Forum (VIF), which is an annual platform to address the Internet and social media in the view of social sciences.
If elected, Nam will continue to utilize his knowledge and networks in public policy, government affairs, and communications to protect AmCham’s members’ interests and promote a common goal: better business environment within the market.