Janice Armstrong is a senior counselor with Vriens and Partners. She has 30 years of experience in government affairs, crisis and issues management, corporate communications and sustainability in Asia, Latin America and North America.
During the past decade in Asia, she held senior Vice President positions in Government and Corporate Affairs with several companies in the food, agriculture and pharmaceutical industries including Monsanto, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Mondelez International.
She has comprehensive government affairs experience and has worked with governments in multiple countries. She has designed strategic government affairs plans, including detailed stakeholder mapping, aimed at supporting business goals. She has dealt with global and regional issues covering brand and product safety, major product regulatory and scientific issues, negative government policy decisions, coordinated campaigns by special interest groups and a variety of other government affairs issues.
Adept at working in the complex and culturally diverse Asia region, she has also counselled senior business leaders on government affairs strategy, issues and crisis management, and corporate communications including media relations.
In addition, Janice has extensive international media relations experience and has worked with reporters from numerous news outlets including 60 Minutes, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, ABC News, CNBC International, Reuters, South China Morning Post, Times of India and Economic Times.
Janice has held several leadership positions in the business and public policy sector in Asia including past board member of the Singapore American Chamber of Commerce and the US-ASEAN Business Council. She has also chaired the ASEAN Task Force for PhRMA, a pharmaceutical industry association.
She has received several awards throughout her career from the Public Relations Society of America and was nominated for the Public Affairs Asia Gold Standard Award for Professional Excellence in 2012.
Prior to her corporate career, Janice was a press secretary for a political party in Canada and a political lobbyist for a Canadian teachers’ union. Janice holds a Bachelor of Journalism Degree with Honours from Carleton University in Canada.