Virginia "Ginny" Foote - President & CEO, Bay Global Strategies
Virginia “Ginny” Foote currently serves as a Vice Chair of AmCham and on the Board of the Vietnam Business Forum for AmCham, and is active on trade, energy, financial, manufacturing, governance, regulatory and other key issues in Vietnam. Ms. Foote played a leading role in U.S.-Vietnam normalization, the U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement, Vietnam’s accession to the WTO, and TPP negotiations. In June 2016, Ms. Foote was awarded the Vietnam President’s Friendship Order Medal for career contribution to the normalization and development of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the U.S.
She founded Bay Global Strategies LLC in 2011 to provide clients with critical knowledge and strategic planning for doing business in and with Vietnam. With over 25 years of experience with Vietnam, Ms. Foote provides clients with top notch on-the-ground strategic advisory services, stakeholder engagement, planning and implementation support, and government relations. Ms. Foote is a well-known expert on Vietnamese politics, economics and the business environment and formed a partnership with the investment firm Indochina Capital in 2012.
From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Foote served as President and Partner of Vietnam Partners LLC, providing investment banking and advisory services. For three years prior, Ms. Foote served as Executive Vice President of the US-ASEAN Business Council, merging the US-Vietnam Trade Council members with the US-ASEAN Business Council.
In 1989, Ms. Foote co-founded with former Ambassador William H. Sullivan, the non-profit U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council (USVTC) under the International Center, in Washington DC and remains IC President today. Ms. Foote served as Chair for the U.S. Business Coalition for APEC 2006 and Chair of the U.S.-Vietnam WTO Coalition. She received the U.S. Ambassador’s Award for Citizen Diplomacy in 1999 and the Vietnam President’s Medal of Friendship in 2007.
Ms. Foote also serves as President of the Board of the International Center where she oversees the humanitarian projects of VVAF in Vietnam.