In Memo­riam: Ken­neth White

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - In Memoriam -

Ken­neth Lee White was born in San Fran­cisco in 1946. He passed away in Bangkok on Novem­ber 29, 2015 at the age of 69 years. Un­til the age of 9 Ken lived over­seas in posts through­out South Amer­ica and the South Pa­cific. He com­pleted his un­der­grad­u­ate and MBA de­grees at Univer­sity of Puget Sound where he met his wife, Ann, to whom he was mar­ried for 45 years. He at­tended The Amer­i­can Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion train­ing pro­gram in Saranac Lake, NY prior to be­ing re­cruited by David Rock­e­feller into the man­age­ment fast­track pro­gram at Chase Man­hat­tan Bank.

In the 23 years with Chase Man­hat­tan Bank as a mo­bile over­seas pro­fes­sional, Ken learned the in­ner work­ings of the banks and bank­ing sys­tems; he be­came a trou­ble shooter - fix­ing prob­lems and then mov­ing on to the next. He rose quickly through the ranks and trav­eled around the world with his fam­ily, Ann, Monique and Travis, to as­sign­ments in the Caribbean, Panama, Pak­istan and fi­nally Thai­land, in 1986.

Ken left his po­si­tion as Chase’s Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of SE Asia in 1992 and started Pa­cific Siam Strate­gic Con­sult­ing Co. He served on the Amer­i­can Cham­ber’s Board of Gov­er­nors for a to­tal of eight years be­tween 1988 and 2011 and as a com­mit­tee leader and Board li­ai­son for the Busi­ness Eco­nom­ics and Tax com­mit­tees.

His ca­reer con­stantly evolved: be­gin­ning with a fi­nan­cial back­ground his at­ten­tion shifted to pro­mot­ing cor­po­rate gov­er­nance and trans­parency in Thai­land; the lat­est chap­ter rec­og­nized the im­por­tance of work­ing with in­di­vid­u­als on a one- on- one ba­sis. He be­gan coach­ing and men­tor­ing young, en­tre­pre­neur­ial pro­fes­sion­als to help them bet­ter nav­i­gate their own ca­reers, giv­ing them tools and guid­ance that he felt would make a real and last­ing dif­fer­ence to their pro­fes­sional and per­sonal lives. Be­tween his con­sult­ing work, board seats, men­tor­ing, coach­ing and be­ing sought out by many for ad­vice, Ken was a friend and con­fi­dant to many and was al­ways will­ing to of­fer wise coun­sel to those who asked for it.

Ken was a com­mon sight on the fair­ways of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club; he had an arse­nal of corny jokes; he was kind and al­ways reached out to help oth­ers; he loved his­tory and read­ing and his Na­tional Geo­graphic col­lec­tion goes back to 1970.

He loved his fam­ily and worked hard to take care of them. He was a “third- cul­ture kid” be­fore the term ex­isted. He was a prod­uct and a cham­pion of glob­al­iza­tion. Ar­riv­ing in Thai­land in 1986, he made Bangkok his home and per­ma­nent res­i­dence, find­ing for the first time in his no­madic life a place he could re­ally call home.

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