New Hires Boost USCIB’s Work on Policy, Business Development and Trade Services

uscib_logo_green_no_title-330We are delighted to welcome six new additions to our Policy, Membership and Business Development teams. Darren Maynard joins USCIB as the senior director for Carnet Product Development and Regulatory Affairs, who is responsible for relationships with ATA Carnet Service Providers and strengthening the operations for Carnet issuance, marketing, and compliance. Darren has a background in the export and trade services field, working at IBM for 12 years before moving on to run a number of start-up technology companies.

Also in Trade Services, Derek Leite has come aboard as USCIB’s director for Trade Services and Carnet Services Liason to help our Trade Services team develop the Carnet product. Derek graduated from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He has worked in sales and product development for 9 years at Cisco, IBM and A Plus Performance Computing. He has successfully run his own business for 12 years in New York.

In addition, David Murphy joined as a consultant with USCIB, serving as acting vice president of finance to support our accounting and finance teams. David is a certified public accountant with 23 years of experience. He has also worked as an auditor with Deloitte.

Also, Eric Robinson is USCIB’s new accounting and claims mitigation associate. Eric started out with USCIB in the summer of 2013 as an intern working closely with the accounting department, and returned again in June 2014 working with accounting and with the ATA Carnet team. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2014 with a major in English and minors in Economics, Interactive Media and Design, and Journalism as well as a certificate of Business.

Christopher Olsen joined USCIB’s Washington, D.C. office in June as the new policy and program assistant. Chris comes to USCIB from the Atlantic Council, where he was first an intern, then a project assistant with the organization’s Millennium Leadership Program. Prior to the Atlantic Council, he was an economic security intern at the EastWest Institute after earning his Bachelor’s degree in international affairs and history at James Madison University in Virginia.

And Shertease Wheeler joined USCIB in May as our event planner. Shertease graduated from Hampton University in Virginia with a major in Print Journalism and has eight years of event planning experience. She will work with the policy department to support many upcoming programs scheduled throughout the year both in New York and Washington, D.C.

Welcome to all our new USCIB team members!

New USCIB Members

We are delighted to welcome the following companies and organizations as the latest additions to USCIB’s diverse membership:

Starbucks Coffee Company
American World Trade Chamber of Commerce
St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce

To learn more about how USCIB membership can benefit your organization, contact Alison Hoiem (202-682-1291 or

Save the Date! USCIB’s 2015 International Leadership Award Dinner

USCIB’s 2015 International Leadership Award Dinner

Randall L. Stephenson
Randall L. Stephenson

November 9, 2015
The Waldorf-Astoria, New York City

Honoring Randall L. Stephenson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T

The International Leadership Award
The International
Leadership Award

USCIB invites you to our annual dinner as we return to New York this year to honor long-time member AT&T! This gala event attracts several hundred industry leaders, government officials and members of the diplomatic community to celebrate open markets and the recipient of USCIB’s highest honor.

Randall Stephenson is chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Inc., a global leader in providing fast, highly secure and mobile connectivity to everything on the Internet – everywhere, at every moment and on every device.

Established in 1980, USCIB’s International Leadership Award is presented to a senior business executive who has made significant policy contributions to world trade and investment, and to improving the global competitive framework in which American business operates. Join us for what will be a truly memorable evening!

For details on sponsorship opportunities, contact Abby Shapiro (, 212-703-5064).

Visit for links to event photos and other information on our 2014 award gala!

Coca-Cola’s Ed Potter Reflects on 33 Years at the ILO Conference

L-R: Ed Potter (Coca-Cola), Ronnie Goldberg (USCIB) and Ariel Meyerstein (USCIB)
L-R: Ed Potter (Coca-Cola), Ronnie Goldberg (USCIB) and Ariel Meyerstein (USCIB)

Ed Potter, chair of USCIB’s Labor and Employment Policy Committee and Coca-Cola’s director of global workplace rights, has spent nearly half his life representing U.S. businesses at the annual International Labor Organization (ILO) Conference. Last summer, Potter attended his 33rd and final ILO Conference in Geneva, more than any other American business representative. He will retire in June 2015.

Potter’s unparalleled leadership at the conference – and the relationships he has brokered and nurtured along the way – have had a positive impact on the global landscape of international labor standards.

“Ed Potter’s record of achievement at the ILO speaks for itself,” said Guy Rider, director general of the ILO. “He served 17 years as the U.S. Employers’ delegate to our annual Conference. During that time, he took on the responsibility of spokesperson of the world’s employers in several key discussions.”

Last June, USCIB honored Potter’s 33 years of ILO service with a special farewell dinner in Geneva.

“It’s a humbling validation of my work with the ILO,” Potter said. “I’ve left the conference every year feeling proud of the fact that, in some small way, we helped improve the lives of workers somewhere in the world.”

Staff Changes at ICC

The International Chamber of Commerce Secretariat has announced the appointments of Philip Kucharski as chief operating officer and Remi Faure as chief financial officer. Kucharski’s in-depth knowledge of ICC, and many of the
team at the ICC Secretariat, will ensure that he is able to hit the ground running when he begins his tenure in January. Faure has shown true leadership of the financial areas of ICC in the past few months. “I am pleased to be able to promote
internally for this position,” said ICC Secretary General John Danilovich.

New USCIB Members

We are delighted to welcome the following companies and organizations as the latest additions to USCIB’s diverse membership:

Business Alliance for Secure Commerce
Discovery Capital
United Technologies Corporation

To learn more about how USCIB membership can benefit your
organization, contact Alison Hoiem (202-682-1291 or

USCIB Foundation Weighs Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Human Jobs

world map on interfaceScience fiction is rife with farfetched stories about robots plotting to conquer the world – the physicist Steven Hawkings even recently suggested humans should colonize other planets in case robots surpass people – but fears of artificial intelligence displacing human labor in the workplace are much more realistic.

As part of the USCIB Foundation’s ongoing research of human capital requirements in the 21st century, the foundation published a report with the McGraw Hill Global Institute and the Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR), titled “Hype vs. Reality: A Roundtable Discussion on the Impact of Technology and Artificial Intelligence on Employment,” which concludes that our educational system must change if we are to take advantage of the new jobs technology will create.

Published on October 21 and based on a roundtable held earlier this year in New York, the report is available for download on the USCIB Foundation website.

CCR Director Charles Fadal observed that the educational systems of the United States and many other advanced economies were designed with the needs of a 19th century, largely industrial workforce in mind. In order to address the needs of a more technologically advanced workplace, the older curriculums would need to give way to new systems that foster greater creativity, critical thinking and collaboration.

It is likely that as the pace of technological innovation increases, more jobs will be completed more quickly and efficiently by machines. But as the report notes, “it is just as likely that truly creative intelligence tasks, social intelligence tasks, and those mechanical tasks involving sophisticated perception and manipulation will still require – at the very least – human oversight, if not substantial human involvement.” The report adds, “just as it has in the past, technology will eliminate some jobs for human beings while creating the conditions for the emergence of others.”

But in order to equip the workforce with the knowledge and skills needed for a new labor landscape in which robots perform jobs traditionally done by humans, today’s education curriculum must undergo a major redesign. Above all, the report notes that the educational system must teach students to be adaptable, “precisely because we cannot predict what technologies will be ascendant in the future, we have to teach ourselves and our children to be versatile.”

Staff contact: Abby Shapiro

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USCIB Elects New Officers, Trustees and Board Members

Frederico Curado (Embraer) and Dennis Nally (PwC)
Dennis Nally (PwC)

In August USCIB elected a new slate of officers, board members and trustees to govern and champion the organization over the next two years.

Among the highlights, Dennis Nally, chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd., has been elected vice chairman of USCIB. Nally has extensive experience serving large multinational clients in a variety of industries, principally focusing on technology and life sciences.
He also serves as a member of the Executive Board of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Terry McGraw, chairman of McGraw Hill Financial [now S&P Global] and chairman of ICC, was re-elected USCIB’s chairman.

In addition, the following individuals were elected USCIB Trustees for the first time: Stephen Chipman, chief
executive officer, Grant Thornton LLP; and John Veihmeyer, global chairman of KPMG and chairman and chief executive officer of KPMG in the U.S. Chipman, in his more than 30 years with Grant Thornton, has held numerous leadership positions throughout Europe, North America and Asia, developing a unique combination of international and U.S. business experience. Veihmeyer, with more than 35 years of experience working with CEOs, senior executives and board members at many of the world’s leading companies, is a top global business leader and an influential and sought-after advisor on business and financial issues.

Finally, the following individuals have joined USCIB’s Board of Directors: Neal Goins, vice president, international government relations, Exxon Mobil Corporation; Barry Granger, vice president and general manager, governmental marketing and government affairs, DuPont; Steve Hilton, corporate vice president, global government affairs and public affairs, McDonald’s Corporation; Charles R. Johnston, senior vice president, international government affairs, Citigroup Inc.; Michael F. Quinn, managing director, global trade services, J.P. Morgan Chase & Company; Pilar Ramos, senior vice president, global public policy and regulatory counsel,
MasterCard Worldwide; and William Sample, corporate vice president, worldwide tax, Microsoft Corporation.

Trade Services Hire

Kristen Bauer joined USCIB’s Trade Services department as executive assistant. Kristen earned a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University where she double-majored in International Political Economy and Anthropology. She is familiar with USCIB’s work since she’d been working as an intern in Trade Services since October 2012.

New USCIB Members

We are delighted to welcome the following companies and organizations as the latest additions to USCIB’s diverse membership:

Koch Industries
Mead Johnson Nutrition Company

To learn more about how USCIB membership can benefit your organization, contact Alison Hoiem (202-682-1291 or

AT&T’s Loeb to Spearhead Internet Policy Work

Eric H. Loeb
Eric H. Loeb

Eric H. Loeb, vice president of international external affairs with AT&T, has been named the new chair of USCIB’s Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Committee.

Loeb, whose term began July 1, will oversee the committee’s development and delivery of business views on information technology and Internet policy developments worldwide. He will succeed Ambassador David Gross, a partner with Wiley Rein, who is stepping down as chair of the USCIB committee to become president of the Federal Communications Bar Association.

“We are delighted that Eric Loeb will lead our ICT work at this
important juncture in global discussions about the digital economy,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “As an active participant at bilateral and multilateral meetings every year, a frequent speaker at international ICT events and a practitioner with experience working in countries around the world, he brings hands-on experience shaping policy on the global stage.”

Loeb also chairs the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Task Force on the Internet and Telecommunications. He is a m ember of the board of the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute, and serves on the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.

USCIB’s ICT Committee advocates sound international policy to ensure the continued growth of ICTs, emphasizing free and fair competition, minimal government intervention, free information flows and a user orientation. It works through USCIB’s overseas network of business groups, including ICC and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, to secure strong industry representation and input to major multilateral discussions of ICT issues.

“I am eager for this new opportunity, especially to build on the positive contributions that U.S. business makes to the global digital economy,” said Loeb. “USCIB is the consensus voice of American business in international ICT policy forums, and colleagues around the world value the quality and balance of its contributions.”

New USCIB Members

We are delighted to welcome the following companies and organizations as the latest additions to USCIB’s diverse membership:

Foley & Lardner LLP

To learn more about how USCIB membership can benefit your organization, contact Alison Hoiem (202-682-1291 or

USCIB’s Competition Committee Charts New Course

L-R: Jennifer Patterson (Kaye Scholer), John Talladay (Baker Botts), Michael Blechman (Kaye Scholer), Jim Rill (Baker Botts), Rob Mulligan (USCIB)
L-R: Jennifer Patterson
(Kaye Scholer), John Talladay (Baker Botts), Michael Blechman (Kaye Scholer), Jim Rill (Baker Botts), Rob Mulligan (USCIB)

It was the end of an era at the February meeting of USCIB’s Competition Committee in Washington, D.C., as longtime Chair Michael Blechman (Kaye Scholer) and Vice Chair Jim Rill (Baker Botts), stepped down and passed the baton to new Chair John Taladay (Baker Botts) and Vice Chair Jennifer Patterson (Kaye Scholer). Blechman and Rill, who have been esteemed and productive leaders of the committee for 20 years, said it has been a great pleasure to work together. Taladay is vice chair of the BIAC Competition Committee, while Patterson co-chairs the ICC Task Force on Due Process. Both also serve as non-governmental advisors to the International Competition Network. In 2014, the USCIB committee will focus on developments in procedural fairness (ICN, trade negotiations, China), due process (waivers and confidentiality), international antitrust cooperation, trade and competition linkages, and regulatory reform.

New Policy Hires Boost Work on Policy, Communications and Trade Services

We are delighted to welcome two new additions to our Policy
and Program team. Ariel Meyerstein has joined USCIB as Vice President for Labor Affairs, Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Governance, working out of our New York headquarters. With a law degree and PhD in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California at Berkeley, Ariel has a background in sustainable development and human rights in the extractive and financial sectors, and has worked on issues related to corporate responsibility in the public and private sectors. He comes to us from the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke, LLP and before that Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP. He also has served as a legal adviser at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and a Judicial Clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Eva Hampl has come aboard as USCIB’s Director for Investment, Trade and Financial Services, working out of our Washington, D.C. office. Eva has a master’s of law in international and comparative law from the George Washington University Law School and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. She has worked on investment and trade issues, and done research on transparency in dispute settlement in the WTO and under investment treaties. Eva recently completed a one-year fellowship with GE’s Global Government Affairs and Policy division. Prior to that, she served as a trade associate with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and interned at the European Union’s delegation to the United States. She has also served as a law clerk to the Connecticut Superior Court.

In addition, Michael Sicangco has joined USCIB’s Trade Services department as a Carnet Claims Examiner. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Baruch College/CUNY and previously worked for Michael Page, the recruitment firm, and Quick Billing Service.

Also, Christopher Zoia has joined USCIB as Communications Manager, with responsibility for website content development and dissemination, production of USCIB’s e-newsletters as well as this magazine, and social media strategy. He recently earned dual master’s degrees in international affairs and journalism from Columbia University. Prior to graduate school, Chris worked in Washington, D.C. as a researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he focused on international economics and American foreign policy, and coordinated Carnegie’s Economic Strategy Roundtable series. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and English from the University of Chicago.

Welcome to all our new USCIB team members!

New USCIB Members

We are delighted to welcome the following companies and organizations as the latest additions to USCIB’s diverse membership:

Brown-Forman Corporation
Eaton Corporation
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Johnson Controls
Semiconductor Industry Association
Sidley Austin LLP
Sorini, Samet & Associates, LLC
Troutman Sanders LLP

To learn more about how USCIB membership can benefit your organization, contact Alison Hoiem (202-682-1291 or

Roundtable Weighs Impact of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence on Jobs

L-R: John Smart (Acceleration Studies Foundation), Lynn Andrea Stein (Olin College) and Luke Muehlhauser (Machine Intelligence Research Institute)
L-R: John Smart (Acceleration Studies Foundation), Lynn Andrea Stein (Olin College) and Luke Muehlhauser (Machine Intelligence Research Institute)

There has been plenty of media attention to the impact (or supposed impact) of robotics and other advanced technologies on jobs. Last year the CBS News program 60 Minutes looked at robots in the workplace, direly predicting that they could eventually supplant nearly every current-day job in the United States.

But what do the experts have to say? And even if robots aren’t about to take over the jobs market, what kinds of skills will be needed in a world where advanced technologies, including robotics and artificial intelligence, play an increasingly integral role in our workplaces and elsewhere in our everyday lives?

This was the focus of a roundtable in New York City earlier this month, held with the support of The USCIB Foundation, USCIB’s educational arm, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute. Furthering The USCIB Foundation’s work in supporting research and discussion of human capital requirements in the 21st century, the roundtable gathered experts in technology, education and employment to address the impact of robotics and artificial intelligence on the future jobs market.

Charles Fadel, director of the Center for Curriculum Redesign, which convened the workshop, observed that the educational systems of the United States and many other advanced countries were designed with the needs of a 19th-century, largely industrial workforce in mind. He said that, in order to address the needs of a more technologically advanced workplace, the older curriculums would need to give way to new systems that foster greater curiosity, cooperation and resilience, all of which will be needed to adapt in a faster-changing jobs market. (Click here for Fadel’s overview slides.)

Of course, educational policy makers need to address curriculum reform as a central aspect of their mandates. But roundtable participants agreed that the adoption of new technologies, while likely to be extensive and perhaps even more far-reaching than presently imagined, will probably not unfold as expected, so policy flexibility will be crucial.

For example, despite warnings that bank tellers would disappear as a result of the advent of the ATM, the number of bank tellers in the U.S. workforce has actually increased somewhat since 2000. On the other hand, the number of gas station attendants has dropped by more than half in that same period.

The results of the roundtable, and suggestions for new research into the effect of technology on employment, will be summarized in an upcoming report to be published jointly by the Center for Curriculum Redesign and the roundtable’s supporters.

Staff contact: Abby Shapiro


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Foundation-Sponsored Study Weighs the Impact of Future Technologies on Employment

The United States Council Foundation, USCIB’s educational arm, is supporting a series of roundtable discussions to that seek to answer questions concerning human capital requirements in the 21st century, and the impact technology is having on education and labor markets.

The second roundtable, held last February, was part of a larger grant to the Center for Curriculum Redesign, founded by Charles Fadel (the chair of BIAC’s education committee) from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The grant funded a research assistant to work with David Autor, and labor economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to update a 2003 study co-authored by Autor on “The Changing Task Composition of the U.S. Labor Market,” and to report those findings as part of the second roundtable discussion.

The summary of Autor’s findings and discussion at the second roundtable, exploring the question of “Man and Machine: the Impact of Technology on Employment,” is now available. Others who have supported this project along with the United States Council Foundation include AT&T, Dow Chemical Company, Deloitte and the McGraw Hill Research Foundation.

A third roundtable is scheduled to take place February 26, 2014 in New York City, hosted by McGraw Hill Financial.

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Member Staff News — Spread the Word!

Maximizing Membership. Optimizing Participation

Member retention is high on our priority list at USCIB. A new series of briefings, entitled “Maximizing Membership. Optimizing Participation,” is designed to increase member engagement through learning about the range of policy issues covered at USCIB, and offers members insight into the scope of USCIB’s advocacy and our 2013 priorities. Our goal is to have every member briefed, to have their questions answered and to have everything they need to get the most value from their investment in USCIB. With briefings offered to new and longtime members alike, both groups have told us they learned something new about what USCIB offers, and that they plan to take the information back to their colleagues to encourage them to get involved. More than 50 companies have participated since the series was launched in February 2013, and we can already point to increased engagement on many of our committees, thereby delivering more value for your membership dollars. To schedule a briefing for your company, contact Alison Hoiem, Member Services Director (

2013 has been a banner year for new corporate membership, with a diverse group of companies from a wide range of industries joining the ranks of USCIB members. These include Darden, Dell, Deutsche Telecom, DIAGEO, McDonalds, Nabors Industries, Mozilla, Nissan NA, Target and TD Bank. While each new member joins us for specific policy issues that are important to their business, they also recognize the critical and unique value USCIB provides to all members – regardless of industry or specific interests – by delivering three things even these very large companies cannot do by themselves:

  1. Global issues management team for…
    • informed analysis of emerging global issues
    • access to and influence with key international policymakers
  2. Peer network of leading global companies for…
    • insight on the experiences and responses of other companies
    • collective action to shape global policy debates
  3. Direct, proactive member support for…
    • amplifying company messaging though our global network
    • timely responses to support members and/or prevent issues

Isn’t it time you told your peers about USCIB? Contact Alison Hoiem, Member Services Director (, with prospects you think will benefit from joining USCIB – and Spread the Word!

USCIB Staff News

Diana Jack
Diana Jack
Rachel Spence
Rachel Spence

We welcome two new staff members to USCIB. Rachel Spence has joined us in New York as a Policy and Program Assistant. A graduate of Lafayette College, Rachel received her master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University in May. We also welcome Diana Jack, who has joined our Washington office as a Policy and Program Assistant. Diana is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

New USCIB Members

We are delighted to welcome the following companies and organizations as the newest members of USCIB:

Darden Restaurants

Greater Des Moines Partnership

To learn more about the benefits of membership in USCIB, please contact Alison Hoiem, Director of Member Services, at 202-682-1291 or