Bringing communities together, in a functional area of an industry sector, is central to the business of any Chamber.  At AMCHAM we would like to announce the formation of a new committee, Healthcare & Life Sciences (HLS) that will be led by Dave Mitchell, Managing Director, Boston Scientific Corporation, and Shakilla Shahjihan, Divisional Vice President, Government Affairs, Asia Pacific & Japan, Abbott Laboratories.

The purpose of this committee is to bring together members who are focused on areas like pharmaceuticals, medical devices, technology, and delivery and to be able to have open discussions on the development and opportunities within these sectors that is fast becoming one of the most active, globally.  They will focus not only on potential advocacy but on the sharing of best practices and networking of the members in the space, all the time, building stronger ties with related stakeholders through their engagement and programming.  This is the common theme of most committees at AMCHAM.

HLS Committee will join other communities like the AMCHAM Johor Network (AJN) which was set up in 2020, the Corporate Citizenship Committee (CCC), established in 2019, along with the Malaysian American Electronics Industry Committee (MAEI), started in 1978, now boasts 56 active companies in its ranks, and is the Chamber’s largest industry community.

This year, we also see a leadership change at MAEI. After an amazing 15 years heading up MAEI, long-standing chairman Dato’ Seri Wong Siew Hai is stepping down to focus on establishing a wider national platform, the Malaysian Semiconductor Association (MSIA) which will bring together all segments in the semiconductor value chain across the whole country.

Mike Snell, Corporate Vice President, Lam Research International, along with Suresh Kumar, Vice President & General Manager, Intel Malaysia Design Center, and Ruban K Kanagaratnam, VP & GM Programmable Solutions Group, Intel Technology Sdn Bhd, have volunteered to take on the mantle as Chair and Co-Chairs of MAEI respectively and restructure it to meet the needs and demands of this critical industry sector for American investors and the growth of the country in the face of rising competition and increased regional importance. We look forward to establishing a collaborative working relationship with MSIA as there will be a lot of synergy between the two organizations.

Healthcare & Life Sciences (HLS)
Co-Chairs:   Dave Mitchell, Boston Scientific Medical Device (M) Sdn Bhd
                      Shakilla Shahjihan, Abbott Laboratories (M) Sdn Bhd
AMCHAM Johor Network (AJN)
Chair:    Fabien Er, Samtec Asia Pacific (M) Sdn Bhd

Corporate Citizenship Committee (CCC)
Co-Chairs:    Solomon Lorthu, Motorola Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd
                       Jenny Foo, Keysight Technologies
                       Ee Laine Wong, Johnson & Johnson Sdn Bhd

Malaysian American Electronics Industry (MAEI)
Chair:  Mike Snell, Corporate Vice President, Lam Research International

Co-Chairs:  Suresh Kumar, Vice President & General Manager, Intel Malaysia Design Center
                      Ruban K Kanagaratnam, VP & GM Programmable Solutions Group, Intel Technology Sdn Bhd
Government Relations Council [by invitation]

Co-Chairs:    Andy Lee, Johnson & Johnson Sdn Bhd
                       Azwar Kamarudin, Novartis Corporation Malaysia Sdn Bhd