ACE chief named new US-Asean Business Council chairman

business January 03, 2013 00:00

By The Nation

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Evan G. Greenberg, chairman and CEO of ACE Ltd, has become chairman of the US-Asean Business Council's Board of Directors since January 1, 2013.


Serving a two-year term, Greenberg succeeds George Kirkland, executive vice president for upstream and gas, and vice chairman of the Board for the Chevron Corporation. 
“I am pleased to assume the role as Chair of the Council Board,” said Greenberg.  “ASEAN is an important and dynamic part of the world.  I look forward to working with the Council members toward our goal of supporting ASEAN economic development with greater US business presence, trade and investment.”
“We are very fortunate to have Greenberg assume the Chairmanship of the Council in 2013.  He leads a company that is very active and successful in ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations),” said Council President Alexander Feldman.  
In a statement released by the council's office in Washington DC, the council also announced that it will establish a Chairman’s Policy Committee.  The committee will assist the chairman in the development of the council’s priorities and positions in advocating for increased two-way trade and investment.  The Committee is composed of individuals who collectively have over a century of experience in the region including three individuals who have served as US Ambassadors to countries in ASEAN.  The committee will also help lead a strategy to communicate and raise the Council profile in both Washington and ASEAN capitals.
In addition to Greenberg, the Chairman’s Policy Council will include:
·         Ambassador Karan K. Bhatia, Vice President and Senior Counsel for Global Government Affairs and Policy, General Electric Company 
·         Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth, Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University
·         Roderick M. Hills, Partner, Hills Stern and Morley LLP
·         J. William Ichord, Vice President, International Government Affairs, ConocoPhillips 
·         Glenn G. Jordan, President, Pacific Group, The Coca-Cola Company
·         Ambassador John D. Negroponte, Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates
·         Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 
“We see great prospects in ASEAN, and the Chairman’s Policy Committee will help ensure that we are fully taking advantage of the opportunities before us,” said Feldman.  “We look forward to Greenberg’s Chairmanship and are excited about the years ahead.”
The US-ASEAN Business Council represents over 125 major US Corporations, ranging from those who have been active in Southeast Asia for over 100 years to newcomers looking to expand their presence in one of the world’s most dynamic markets. The Council’s sectoral working groups, including Customs, Defense & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Food and Agriculture, Health & Life Sciences, Information & Communications Technology, and Infrastructure, bring together the pre-eminent companies in their fields to enable high-level dialogues that help resolve issues and drive innovation and investment. With long-established personal and professional relationships in ASEAN and Washington, the Council is the most effective conduit between decision-makers on both sides of the Pacific.