BEIJING, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mark Duval will be the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, effective July 1. He replaces Christian Murck, who will retire.
Duval, who has lived in China since 1996, has been a longtime leader within AmCham China and is currently serving his sixth term on the board of governors. During a 16-year career at Motorola China, Duval held positions in corporate strategy and operations, government relations, and public affairs, and go-to-market strategy and business operations.
"In Mark, we have a thoughtful China hand with an extraordinary corporate, business, and policy background who has been a passionate leader in the AmCham China community," said chamber chairman Greg Gilligan. "Like his predecessor, Mark has a wonderful personal style that will allow the best possible environment to support members. I am truly excited to announce Mark's appointment and I look forward to his leadership as we take AmCham China to the next level."
As vice chairman of the board, Duval has led a drive to revitalize chamber forums and committees. At the working group level, he has been actively involved in the policy and visa committees, and for a number of years took a leading role in the drafting and publication of the annual American Business in China White Paper.
Duval, who grew up in Zimbabwe and South Africa, is an American citizen. His recent roles at Motorola China included managing the spinoff of Motorola Mobility's business from Motorola, Inc. and leading the transformation of Motorola Mobility's go-to-market handset operations.
He graduated from the University of Natal, Durban, obtained a postgraduate diploma in organizational psychology from the Australian College of Applied Psychology and has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
"AmCham China plays a vital role in US–China relations, is an essential platform for American business in China, and is filled with great people making a positive difference in their community," said Duval. "I'm honored to be appointed president and for the opportunity to serve our members and build on our legacy."
Murck will be concluding a term of three years as president. "Chris Murck has served our community with distinction over the past three years, and his steady presence and dedication to furthering the interests of our members will be greatly missed," said Gilligan. "Chris's command of the intricacies of US–China commercial and trade policies, decades of experience with and broad knowledge of Chinese culture, society and business environment, rich expertise in and understanding of financial services, and his ability to lead with thoughtfulness and unfailing humility has made Chris an exemplary leader in our community."
An exhaustive process of evaluating more than sixty candidates with varied and impressive backgrounds led to Duval's appointment.
The AmCham China president, who reports to the chairman, oversees daily operations of the chamber. Along with the chairman, the president is a designated spokesperson for the organization, and leads the staff in supporting members and achieving the chamber's priorities. The president also works closely with the board to set strategy for AmCham China.
About the American Chamber of Commerce in the People's Republic of China:
AmCham China is a national non-profit organization representing the interests of over 1,000 companies and 3,500 individuals doing business throughout China. Headquartered in Beijing, it has chapters in Tianjin, Northeast China (Dalian) and Central China (Wuhan). For more information, visit: www.amchamchina.org.
SOURCE AmCham China