Staff

Current staff at the US-Taiwan Business Council (USTBC).

Chairman

Michael R. Splinter

Mr. Splinter is an accomplished veteran of the semiconductor industry, with long tenures in various senior executive roles at Intel and at Applied Materials. As the former Chairman & CEO of Applied Materials – a long-term member of the Council’s Board of Directors, with substantial investments in Taiwan – Mr. Splinter worked closely with local customers and suppliers in Hsinchu, Linkou, Taichung, Tainan, and Taoyuan. He brings his extensive experience and comprehensive understanding of the political, trade, and business relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan to the position of Council Chairman.

Mr. Splinter is a general partner at WISC Partners, and serves as Chairman of the board at NASDAQ. He serves on the board of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which is Taiwan’s largest semiconductor company. He also sits on the boards of Gogoro (also a leading Taiwan company), Meyer Burger Technology, and the University of Wisconsin Foundation.

Mr. Splinter served as President and CEO of Applied Materials from 2003 to 2013, and was Chairman of the Board between 2009 and 2015. Prior to joining Applied Materials, Mr. Splinter spent 20 years at Intel Corporation, where he held a number of positions including Executive Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing, and Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Technology and Manufacturing Group. Mr. Splinter began his career at the Electronics Research Center of Rockwell International.

Mr. Splinter holds an Honorary Doctorate in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, all from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He holds two patents.

President

Rupert Hammond-Chambers

Mr. Hammond-Chambers was born and raised in Scotland before emigrating to the United States in 1987 and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Denison University. As a new graduate in 1991, he worked for Advanced Telecommunication Corporation (ATC), managing a variety of clients with business interests in the Caribbean and Latin America.

In April 1993, he joined The Center for Security Policy, a defense and foreign policy think tank in Washington, D.C., as the Associate for Development. The Center accomplishes its goals by stimulating and informing national and international policy debates, particularly those involving regional, defense, economic, financial, and technology developments that bear upon the security of the United States.

He began working for the US-Taiwan Business Council in October 1994. In March of 1998, he was promoted to Vice President of the Council with additional responsibilities for office management, oversight of the staff, financial bookkeeping and a clear mandate to build out the Council’s member/client base.

Mr. Hammond-Chambers was elected President of the Council in November 2000. As the trade relationship between the United States, Taiwan and China continues to evolve, he has worked to develop the Council’s role as a strategic partner to its members, with the continuing goal of positioning the Council as a leader in empowering American companies in Asia through value and excellence.

Mr. Hammond-Chambers is also the Managing Director, Taiwan for Bower Group Asia – a strategic consultancy focused on designing winning strategies for companies. He is also responsible for Bower Group Asia’s defense and security practice.

He sits on the Board of the Project2049 Institute, and on the Advisory Boards of Redwood Partners International, The Sabatier Group, and the Pacific Star Fund. He is a Trustee of Fettes College and is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. He has two daughters.

Background

1994 to present – US-Taiwan Business Council
2012 to present – BowerGroupAsia
1993 – Center for Security Policy
1991 – Advanced Telecommunications Corporation

Education

1991 – Bachelor of Arts in History & Religion from Denison University, Ohio
1986 – Fettes College, Scotland

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Vice President

Lotta Danielsson

Lotta Danielsson is the Vice President of the US-Taiwan Business Council, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Lotta’s duties include membership retention and development, research on current Taiwan policy issues, and research to identify the needs of U.S. businesses in Taiwan. She oversees all member products and services, and manages the development of new value-added membership services. She also oversees all events and conferences, and she has planned the annual US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference – which serves as an important platform for bilateral dialogue on Taiwan’s national security and defense needs – since its inception in 2002. In addition, Lotta supervises responses to member requests, prepares press releases, manages websites and social media, and acts as the Council editor. She has served as Vice President since 2003, when she was promoted from Director of Corporate Affairs, a position she had held since joining the Council in 2000.

As a student in the three-year International MBA program (Chinese Track) at the University of South Carolina, Lotta spent 19 months studying Mandarin Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan and in Beijing, China. She was a consultant and marketer for the Beijing Sun-King Paper Company, where she worked with the management team to develop new marketing and administrative strategies and to launch a new paper brand into the Beijing market. Prior to entering the International MBA program, she was Laboratory Director at New South Associates in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Lotta also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Georgia State University. She has lived, studied, and worked in Asia, Europe, and North America, and is a native level speaker of Swedish and English.

Background

2000 to present – US-Taiwan Business Council
1999 – Beijing Sun-King Paper Company, Ltd.
1993-1997 – New South Associates, Inc.

Education

2000 – International MBA/Master of International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina, Chinese Track
1993 – Bachelors degree in Anthropology from Georgia State University, Magna Cum Laude

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Staff Assistant

Rebecca Lind

Rebecca Xian Lind joined the staff of the Council in June 2019, after having served as a Council intern during the summer of 2018.

Rebecca provides general support and assistance to Council staff and members, and acts as the special assistant to the President. She helps produce and disseminate Council information products, provides logistics support for meetings and events, assists in vendor relations, and is the initial point of contact for all incoming Council correspondence and phone contacts.

Rebecca is from Denver, Colorado. She attended Denison University in Ohio, and in 2019 she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, with a concentration in East-Asian Studies. Rebecca held executive positions in two campus organizations while at Denison. She spent a semester studying abroad in Gold Coast, Australia, and has learned Mandarin Chinese throughout her time as a student. Rebecca has also traveled around Asia multiple times.