Our leaders

 

Board of Directors

  • Jonah Levey - Chairman

    Jonah Levey - Chairman

    Jonah Levey is the Founder and Chairman of Navigos Group, Ltd., the company which owns Navigos Search and VietnamWorks. Navigos Group is the largest and leading provider of Recruitment services in Vietnam, has more than 200 employees, serves millions of jobseekers and over 8,000 corporate customers annually.

    Jonah is also a non-executive Director of Mekong Capital, a leading Vietnam-focused private equity firm.

    Prior to relocating to Vietnam in 2002, Jonah was a Managing Director with the New York-based executive search firm Raines International, Inc. Jonah was also formerly with Picard International, Ltd., where he was an Executive Search Consultant in the firm's Strategy and Finance practice.

    Jonah holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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  • Chris Freund - Non Executive Director

    Chris Freund  - Non Executive Director

    Chris Freund is the founder, largest shareholder and a member of the Board of Directors of Mekong Capital. Prior to forming Mekong Capital in 2001, Chris was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager with Templeton Asset Management, Ltd., the emerging markets arm of the Franklin/Templeton Group.

    Chris’ involvement with Vietnam dates from mid-1994 when he was doing a research project for Harris Associates, a Chicago based fund management firm. Chris worked for Templeton in Vietnam from early 1995 until mid-1998. In mid-1998, Chris relocated to Templeton’s Singapore office, where he covered the technology sector in emerging markets. Chris moved back to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in April 2001 to establish Mekong Capital.

    Chris is a member of the Board of Directors of Mekong Enterprise Fund II, Ltd., and Chairman of Vietnam Azalea Fund Limited. Chris is a Special Advisor to the Vietnam Association of Financial Investors (VAFI). Chris is one of the co-founders, and a non-executive Director, of Management Consulting Group Ltd., which owns VietnamWorks.com , Vietnam's most successful job recruitment website, and Navigos Group , the largest executive search company in Vietnam. Chris is also a co-founder, and non-executive Chairman, of Mekong Ventures, a privately held company which invests in seed-stage and start-up companies in Vietnam.

    Chris holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology, with honors, from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Chris grew up in Chicago and attended the Latin School of Chicago.

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  • Mark Gillin - Non Executive Director

    Mark Gillin - Non Executive Director

    Mark Gillin is the Managing Partner of Indochina Development Partners. He is also founder and Chairman of America Indochina Management Ltd. (AIM) a diversified Holding Company with operations throughout Vietnam and Cambodia. Since its founding in 1996, AIM has emerged as one of the leading Sales and Distribution companies in Indochina, with market leadership in many of its product categories, covering a diverse range of industries including Construction Materials, Consumer Products and Industrial Consumables. Mr. Gillin has successfully managed in a variety of markets (Japan, Hong Kong, Guam, Vietnam, Cambodia) at various stages of development. Prior to coming to Vietnam in 1993, Mr. Gillin spent five years with Getz Bros. & Co. Inc., the oldest and largest US based non-commodities Trading company, where he worked closely on marketing and distribution related issues with leading multinationals including Nestle, Mobile Chemical, Kimberly Clark, Abbot Labs, Colgate Palmolive, Heineken and others. Mr. Gillin graduated with honors from Duke University with a B.A. in Public Policy Studies.

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  • Carlton Pringle - Chief Executive Officer

    Carlton Pringle - Chief Technical Officer

    Carlton Pringle has 15 years experience leading technical teams in the UK and Vietnam. Carlton wrote his first computer program 28 years ago – and since then hasn’t stopped creating software. In 2001, after a long stint at Sage Software in the UK, Carlton moved to Vietnam where he worked as CTO at SilkRoad one of Vietnam’s largest Software Outsourcing Operations. At SilkRoad Carlton loved building strong software teams and together those teams completed over 50 successful projects. Carlton was particularly delighted when in 2006 Harvey Nash purchased SilkRoad in order to get their hands on his team.

    Since joining Navigos Carlton has focused on finding great ways to make technology work well for the group by building great Product, Platform, Processes and People. Carlton is passionate about using tech to drive business productivity and efficiency. His vision is for his team to be able to respond to colleague and customer technology needs faster than they can have good ideas. He believes good technology leadership is all about setting up the right team environment and approaches where people can focus and perform.

    Carlton’s favorite quote is, “These [best] software developers are easily a factor of one thousand more productive than the those [worst] software developers. You don’t see variations like that in many other professions.” His favorite books are leadership and technology books. He admires Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and John Williams (composer) although his favorite leader is still Winston Churchill. Carlton spends his free time watching movies, listening to rock music and playing piano (the latter with more enthusiasm than ability).

    Carlton has a Bachelor of Science honors degree from the University of Manchester, UK (UMIST).

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Company Executives

  • Carlton Pringle - Chief Executive Officer

    Carlton Pringle - Chief Technical Officer

    Carlton Pringle has 15 years experience leading technical teams in the UK and Vietnam. Carlton wrote his first computer program 28 years ago – and since then hasn’t stopped creating software. In 2001, after a long stint at Sage Software in the UK, Carlton moved to Vietnam where he worked as CTO at SilkRoad one of Vietnam’s largest Software Outsourcing Operations. At SilkRoad Carlton loved building strong software teams and together those teams completed over 50 successful projects. Carlton was particularly delighted when in 2006 Harvey Nash purchased SilkRoad in order to get their hands on his team.

    Since joining Navigos Carlton has focused on finding great ways to make technology work well for the group by building great Product, Platform, Processes and People. Carlton is passionate about using tech to drive business productivity and efficiency. His vision is for his team to be able to respond to colleague and customer technology needs faster than they can have good ideas. He believes good technology leadership is all about setting up the right team environment and approaches where people can focus and perform.

    Carlton’s favorite quote is, “These [best] software developers are easily a factor of one thousand more productive than the those [worst] software developers. You don’t see variations like that in many other professions.” His favorite books are leadership and technology books. He admires Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and John Williams (composer) although his favorite leader is still Winston Churchill. Carlton spends his free time watching movies, listening to rock music and playing piano (the latter with more enthusiasm than ability).

    Carlton has a Bachelor of Science honors degree from the University of Manchester, UK (UMIST).

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  • Chu Thi Ngoc Hanh - Finance Manager

    Chu Thi Ngoc Hanh - Finance Manager

    Ngoc Hanh has joined Accounting & Finance Department of Navigos Group since July 2008 after 6 years at Ernst & Young where she maintained a significant profile of manufacturing and property customers.

    At Navigos Group, Hanh plays the role as Finance Manager. She is in charged of financial reports, analysis reports, corporate finance, budgets, tax, audit and improvements of accounting software.

    Empowering her staffs but asking them for the result commitments reflects Hanh’s Leadership philosophy. Despite of working long hours with numbers and charts, she makes her job less stressful and more interesting by joining the company’s activities like Halloween, Thanks Giving, Christmas, Mid Autumn Festival, Year End party with her team. She loves the friendly and dynamic environment at Navigos Group and also enjoys working with her young and passionate accounting team. All these encouraging factors have brought her through many hard times and helped her achieve career goals.

    She likes the book “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon where she finds the answer for the questions of success roots which are seeded from the positive energy charged by ourselves in every working day.

    Hanh graduated from University of Economics major in Accounting and Auditing and from Ho Chi Minh City University of Law. She also earned FCCA and Vietnamese CPA. Currently, she has been teaching ACCA where she is complimented with great enthusiasm and high quality services.

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  • Nguyen Thi Van Anh - Managing Director, Navigos Search

    Nguyen Thi Van Anh - Managing Director, Navigos Search

    Van Anh joined Navigos Group as a result of the strategic acquisition of Ernst & Young HR Advisory Services unit. Since 2004, she has been leading a team servicing clients in the North of Vietnam in Executive Search and other HR Advisory Services.

    Before joining E&Y, Van Anh was the HR Manager of Hatay Brewery with her focus on developing and implementing programs & policies to ensure effective utilization of human capital in supporting the company's objectives, growing the company from start-up to 300-person strong.

    Van Anh is extremely well versed in strategic HR Management practices having received training from international renowned consulting groups such as Hay Management Consulting Group. She has over 10 years of progressive experience in HR Management and Consulting.

    Van Anh has a Post Graduate Certificate on Human Resource Management from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, and has her Master Degree program in HR Management from the Akamai University, Hawaii (US), Bachelor Degrees in Foreign Languages from the Hanoi National University.

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  • Tang Tri Trong - National Sales Director, VietnamWorks

    Tang Tri Trong - National Sales Director, VietnamWorks

    Tang Tri Trong joined VietnamWorks with 15 years management experience and numerous outstanding achievements. His recent position was Assistant Director of Agency Training and Development in charge of Nationwide Training for Prudential's agency force. During his time directly managing sales force, Trong’s team won “Prudential Top Team” Award for the year 2006 running from among 19 teams across Vietnam. Previously, Trong had worked at several international companies in different sales management positions such as Sales Manager, Assistant Director of Agency and Deputy Director.

    Joining VietnamWorks family in the middle of 2008, Trong has brought many valuable innovations to the company, including a revised incentive scheme, exciting the sales team each day with music and dancing, building a culture of success and developing a new recognition system.

    Trong loves films and often reads books in his free time. His favorite book is “Leadership Gold” of John C. Maxwell. His philosophy of life and leadership is summarized by Zig Ziglar’s quote: “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want”.

    Trong has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Ho Chi Minh City. In addition, he has attended many local and overseas training and has deep knowledge in sales, management and leadership.

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