She joined Wal-Mart in March, 2013 in charge of Wal-Mart sourcing, procurement and production in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Wal-Mart, with annual sale of $466 billion is the largest global retailer; employs 2.2 million associates worldwide with commitment to help people around the world save money and live better. Each week, more than 245 million customers visit Wal-Mart 10,900 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites.
One of Wal-Mart’s landmarks is their Worldwide Sustainable Product Index; introduced in 2009 to have a single source of data for evaluating the sustainability of their products to be more efficient, last longer and perform better. Focusing on four areas: energy and climate; material efficiency; natural resources; and people/community throughout the supply chain, they are promoting and monitoring on using less energy, greener chemicals, fewer fertilizers and more recycled materials.
Prior to Wal-Mart, Jocelyn was with Mast Industries for 17 years in various positions and was promoted to Associate Vice President in 2010; in charge of apparel sourcing and production in Mexico, Central America and Vietnam. Jocelyn opened Mast Vietnam production and sourcing office in 2002 and built the business to $350 million by 2012. MAST is a wholly owned subsidiary of Limited Brands, whose world famous retailer brand is Victoria Secret’s and Henri Bendel.
Jocelyn has been active in AmCham since she arriving in Vietnam, and was invited to join the Board in 2003 in recognition of her leadership in AmCham’s efforts to develop a favorable VN-US Agreement on Trade in Textiles and Apparel. She helped forge a coalition of AmCham and other associations with similar interests (Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Vietnam) and played an important role in supporting the successful negotiations and with Vietnamese government to develop a “Buyer’s” quota allocation system in 2004-2006. Quotas were eliminated when Vietnam became a WTO member in January 2007, and Jocelyn led efforts to help the Vietnamese government establish an “export monitoring system” to prevent dumping and illegal transshipments. With growing unauthorized work stoppages in 2007 and 2008, she initiated close AmCham cooperation with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry to help implement the Prime Minister’s Action Plan to establish harmonious labor relations and a stable investment environment, including a Revised Labour Code.
She is very also active in women and children issues; actively involving in causes to benefit young women and girls in the anti-human trafficking program through Pacific Links Foundation /ADAPT Project in the borders of An Giang/Dong Thap Provinces with Cambodia.
Here are a few facts about Jocelyn professional involvements in Vietnam:
- Current Member of Advisor Committee of American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) – Ho Chi Minh City
- Current Advisor to Vietnam Textile and Apparel Associations (VITAS)
- Chairwoman of AMCHAM – Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)- Vietnam, 2010 – The first Vietnamese-American woman to hold the chairmanship
- Vice Chair of AMCHAM- HCMC, 2008 & 2009
- Board of Director of AMCHAM, 2003 to 2012
- Vice Chair of Vietnam Textile Association (VITAS) – 2005 to 2010
- Chair of Apparel and Shoes Committee of AMCHAM – 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008 to 2012
Jocelyn has a Fashion Design Degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, USA.