Dear members and friends of the SCCT,
It’s with humbled pride that I write this newsletter during my first day as the CEO for Swedish Chamber of Commerce Taipei.
By way of introduction, I arrived in Taipei from Sweden with my wife and three teenage children in December 2019. My wife Michaela (柏明希) is the Managing Director for Scania / Griffin Automotive Ltd. in Taiwan and after having spent my first 6 month in Taiwan supporting our children with the transition to new schools I am now ready to work closely with you to hone your business in Taiwan.
As for my professional background, I’ve spent the past 20 years in leadership positions in the IS/IT industry, most recently with IBM and DXC.technology where I was in charge of outsourcing services delivery. The CEO-role which I’ve now entered might seem different to some but I view it as very much the same, you are a client of mine whom has paid a fee and you expect a return on that investment and I’m here to do my utmost to make sure we meet your expectations.
To start off, I’d like to extend my thanks to those of you whom have already completed the 2020 Business Climate Survey and to very kindly ask those of you whom have yet to complete it, to set aside 10 minutes to respond. The survey provides us with a top-level view of what we have to work with but the proof is always in the pudding so my top priority right off the bat is to meet 1-2-1 with you all to ensure that I understand your long-term business strategies in Taiwan, and that the Chamber has clearly interpreted your needs and wishes for the coming year.
We have a list of educational online seminars in the pipeline for autumn, which takes into account our continued application of social distancing and we also plan to host our traditional social events once restrictions ease up and our members are ok with attending those.
Until we meet, I wish you a soothing vacation and a happy return to the office.
Fredrik Boye 柏宜德, CEO