Former U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius Named New President & CEO of US-ASEAN Business Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. The US-ASEAN Business Council today announced the appointment of U.S. Ambassador (ret.) Ted Osius as the Council’s new President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO). On August 23, Ambassador Osius will succeed Alexander C. Feldman, who recently resigned after leading the Council for more than 12 years. Feldman is relocating to Singapore where he will serve as the President of Boeing Southeast Asia.

As President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council, Ambassador Osius will lead the premier advocacy organization for U.S. corporations operating within Southeast Asia as it continues to deliver tangible results that support members’ business objectives. In this capacity, he will drive the Council’s efforts to remove constraints on trade and investment activities in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) while elevating the importance of the U.S.-ASEAN economic relationship to American and ASEAN public policy and business leaders.

“Ambassador Osius brings deep knowledge of Southeast Asia and the U.S. business community, extensive government and private sector experience, and a keen appreciation for economic and geopolitical dynamics to this important position,” said Craig S. Smith, Chairman of the US-ASEAN Business Council Board of Directors and Group President, International Division for Marriott International. “His business and diplomatic acumen strongly position him to be an extremely effective incumbent at the Council’s helm, which was nobly held by Alex Feldman for more than a decade. We couldn’t be more grateful to Alex for his stellar contributions nor more pleased to welcome Ambassador Osius as we look forward to a smooth transition.”

U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius has more than 30 years of government and private sector experience, including his most recent position as Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations for Asia Pacific at Google. Notably, he also served as U.S. Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 2014 to 2017, leading an expansive team in devising and implementing strategies to deepen economic, security and cultural ties between the two countries. During his tenure, he was the first U.S. ambassador to receive the Order of Friendship from the President of Vietnam. His distinguished career also includes serving as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

One of his first overseas postings as a foreign service officer was in Ho Chi Minh City in the 1990s as diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam were being restored. In addition to Vietnam and Indonesia, he has lived and worked in Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. His passion for Southeast Asia is deep. He is the author of numerous books, including Nothing Is Impossible: America’s Reconciliation with Vietnam, to be released in October, which reflects on his unique experience and involvement in the two countries’ history for the last 25 years.

“I am humbled and honored to take the reins of such an important organization as the US-ASEAN Business Council and to continue its critically important work in ASEAN,” said Ambassador Osius upon accepting the offer. “I have had the pleasure of a close association with the Council throughout my diplomatic career, especially during my time as U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, and also while at Google, one of the Council’s 170 members. For three decades I have been impressed with the value and support the Council has brought to its member companies and its many stakeholders throughout Southeast Asia. I am grateful to the Board for this honor and to Alex Feldman for his tireless work over the past twelve years to strengthen the Council and increase its impact in a part of the world that I love.”

Current President & CEO Alex Feldman echoed the significance of Ambassador Osius’s appointment. “Ted is taking the mantle of one of the finest American trade associations at a particularly important time as the Biden Administration repositions America in the Indo-Pacific and the global economy faces challenges to recovery posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council has consistently made a difference for its members and the ten nations of ASEAN over its 37-year history, and Ted is uniquely positioned to help lead the organization. His extensive experience in Indonesia and Vietnam as well as on digital economy issues will be extremely important as many Council members are particularly focused on these areas. Ted will inherit a strong, financially solid organization with an extremely talented, action-oriented staff in offices in nine cities across eight countries, and a membership base made up of some of world’s best-known companies who help drive our mission.”

Ambassador Osius earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and an honorary doctorate from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education.

A trustee of The Asia Foundation, he loves travel, biking, sailing, theater and photography. Ambassador Osius is married to Clayton Alan Bond; the couple have a six-year-old daughter and a seven-year-old son.


Since 1984, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for U.S. corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, the Council's membership of nearly 170 companies generates almost US$7 trillion in revenue and employs more than 14.5 million people.  Today our members include the largest U.S. companies conducting business in ASEAN and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for more than 100 years. The Council has nine offices around the globe, in Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; Singapore; and Yangon, Myanmar.