Job Opening: Executive Assistant, Office of the President, New York City

Position: Executive Assistant, Office of the President

Reports to: President and Chief Executive Officer

Office: New York City

THE OPPORTUNITY – About USCIB: Founded in 1945, USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence.  Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org

POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting directly to the President and CEO (“Pres/CEO”), the Executive Assistant provides executive support in a one-on-one working relationship. The Executive Assistant serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the Office of the President. The Executive Assistant also serves as a liaison to the board of directors, trustees and senior management team; organizes and manages board meetings, elections and communications; and oversees special projects. Provides all required administrative and executive assistance in the office of the President. This dynamic position requires the ability to anticipate needs, think critically, and offer solutions to problems with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Complete a broad variety of administrative tasks for the Pres/CEO including: manage an extremely active calendar of appointments; draft and prepare correspondence that is sometimes confidential; arrange complex and detailed travel plans, itineraries, and agendas; and compile documents for travel-related meetings.
  • Prioritize and determine appropriate course of action, referral, or response, exercising judgement to reflect Pres/CEO’s style and organization policy.
  • Act as a “barometer,” having a sense for the issues taking place in the environment and keeping the Pres/CEO updated. Anticipate Pres/CEO needs in advance of meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Provide “gatekeeper” and “gateway” role, providing a bridge for smooth communication between the Pres/CEO and staff, demonstrating leadership to maintain credibility, trust, and support with the Executive Team.
  • Provide leadership to build relationships crucial to the success of the organization, and manage a variety of special projects for the President, some of which may have organizational impact.
  • Participate as an adjunct member of the Executive Team including scheduling and attending all meetings of senior staff; drive all initiatives to completion.
  • Assist in coordinating the agenda of senior management team meetings, board meetings, all-staff meetings, and occasional offsites.
  • Serve as recording secretary for all Board of Directors and Finance & Oversight Committee meetings.
  • Work with the Strategic Initiatives (Business Development) and Policy teams to coordinate the President’s outreach activities, including support of annual gala.
  • Act as travel arranger for President and other supported executives; research best options primarily using Concur; act as the internal expert resource for organization-wide travel arranger staff; primary point of contact with Concur and American Express GBT account managers and customer support teams; with Finance team, review periodic reports; stay up-to-date with travel and expense reporting new features and best practices; implement carbon offset purchases against organization-wide international travel.
  • Ensure department heads are informed of major events on President’s calendar; organize and coordinate with appropriate staff to prepare President for speaking engagements, member meetings and special events.
  • Manage Trustee and Director lists for mailings, meetings, and elections, including website updates.
  • Cultivate relations with Trustee and Board member offices to help ensure general knowledge of USCIB activities; facilitation of communications from the Office of the President, as well as inclusion of organizational information in executive bios, etc.
  • Organize and manage high-level non-member contact lists (business, government/IGO, affiliate organization leadership, etc.), ensuring timely outreach and meeting announcements for President or other senior USCIB representatives, as appropriate.
  • Provide event management support as requested.
  • Provide hospitality to all guests and help to create a welcoming environment.
  • Answer main phone line and respond to inquiries.
  • Other projects/duties as assigned for the overall benefit of the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE:

  • Significant executive support experience, including supporting C-level executives.
  • Nonprofit board, membership-driven organization or business association experience is highly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is preferred.
  • Passion, or experience in international business, travel and cultures.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills.
  • Highly organized and impeccable attention to detail. Must be able to prioritize, maintain confidentiality, and exhibit discretion in handling sensitive issues.
  • High degree of professionalism in dealing with diverse groups of people, including Board members, members, senior executives, staff, and international organizations.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point), and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Make appropriate, informed decisions regarding priorities and available time.
  • Ability to complete a high volume of tasks and projects with little or no guidance.
  • Excellent judgment is essential.

BENEFITS:

  • This position is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated executive assistant to assume important role pivotal highly respected organization.
  • The starting salary will be commensurate with candidate experience.
  • Health, dental, vision, Rx, long-term disability, short-term disability, and life insurance
  • Vacation, PTO, and holidays (and summer hours: 2:00 PM closings on Fridays)
  • Matching 401(k)

Please send resume to resume@uscib.org

Job Opening: Policy and Program Associate, Sustainability, New York City

Position: Policy and Program Associate, Sustainability

Organization: United States Council for International Business

Reports to: Senior Vice President for Policy and Global Strategy

Office: New York City

THE OPPORTUNITY – About USCIB: Founded in 1945, USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org

POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Policy and Global Strategy (“SVP”), the Policy and Program Associate, Sustainability provides policy and program assistance on environment and climate change policy-related matters and advocacy. Also supports participation of USCIB at key United Nations meetings, notably CBD, UNFCCC and UNEA. Works with membership department to advance member engagement and development.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist and work in collaboration with SVP in the following areas:
    • USCIB Environment Committee and related Working Groups in the areas of climate change, environment, and SDGs.
    • Policy developments and information source tracking of relevance at the UN, IGOs, BGOs U.S. government, USCIB global affiliates or other trusted sources.
    • Preparation of materials for policy committee meetings, both virtual and in person – agendas, background materials, briefers, etc.); webinars; and organization of meeting notices/materials to committee members and coordination of e-mail responses of same.
    • General and specific event planning.
  • Maintain knowledge of issue areas to be used in liaising with members, providing written and presentation materials, and participating in internal strategy planning sessions.
  • Manage integration of comments on policy statements and final papers, as needed.
  • Assist SVP in drafting, proofreading and editing materials (e.g. outgoing e-mails, letters, newsletters, presentations, and other materials); arrange and attend staff meetings. Assist with management of documents and communications with USCIB international affiliates and international organizations.
  • Support and attend, where needed, meetings and events relevant to policy committees and engagement strategy around NYC and Washington, DC; provide meeting notes to staff and members. Make contacts with members and potential members as necessary; provide assistance to membership department in recruiting and provision of member information.
  • Support maintenance of relevant portions of the USCIB website as needed, relevant to Climate Change and Environment.
  • Develop content for USCIB publications and social media outlets.
  • Other projects/duties as assigned for the overall benefit of the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ experience is required, or Masters in Environment/International Policy.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. UN foreign language skills desirable.
  • General Interest and experience in international business policy issues or international relations required. Experience with international environmental policy and/or inter-governmental institutions preferred. Demonstrable appreciation for business and private sector considerations in international and multilateral policy negotiations.
  • Must be pro-active, self-directed and be able to multi-task and prioritize, overseeing multiple projects. Detail-orientation is key and must have strong client-oriented interpersonal, administrative and organization skills.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, content management systems and other computer and web-based programs, including diverse forms of social media.

BENEFITS:

  • The starting salary will be commensurate with candidate experience.
  • Health, dental, vision, Rx, long-term disability, short-term disability, and life insurance.
  • Vacation, PTO, and holidays (and summer hours….2pm closings on Fridays).
  • Matching 401(k).

 

Submit resume and cover note to resume@uscib.org.

USCIB Mourns the Passing of Rob Mulligan

Rob Mulligan (right)
Left: Rick Johnston
Center: Peter Robinson

USCIB members, staff and our global network are mourning the passing on June 20 of Rob Mulligan, former senior vice president for policy and government affairs.

Rob joined USCIB in October 2010 as Senior Vice President, Washington and was promoted to Head of Policy in 2013. With his broad Washington experience, knowledge of trade and investment policy, sound judgement, and always constructive advice, he was a valuable leader in and contributor to our organization.

“Following his passing, we at USCIB have been impressed and inspired by the number and kinds of messages that have been received from so many different corners of the world, just as we have been sad to have to say farewell to our colleague Rob,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “We shall miss him.”

USCIB Board Member, Chair of USCIB’s Trade Committee and Business at OECD (BIAC) Chair Rick Johnston (Citibank) added: “Rob was a great friend and colleague in our DC international trade community—a real leader in helping us define and refine issues.”

Hanni Rosenbaum, BIAC Executive Director, noted “Having worked with Rob for many years, we will always remember him, his strong commitment to our common objectives and his courageous battle during his illness.”

USCIB Welcomes New Leadership in Board of Trustees, Board of Directors

Following recent membership elections, USCIB is pleased to welcome new members to the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors for the 2021-2023 term:

New Trustees include Palo Alto Networks CEO and Chairman Nikesh Arora; U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Suzanne P. Clark; Ernst & Young Global Chairman and CEO Carmine DiSibio; Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi; BP America Chairman and President David Lawler; Sullivan & Cromwell Vice Chair Scott Miller; The Chemours Company COO Mark Newman; PayPal President and CEO Daniel Schulman; and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) President and CEO Johnny Taylor.

New Directors include SHRM Chief of Staff, Head of Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary Emily Dickens; Microsoft Vice President for UN Affairs John Frank; Chevron Vice President and General Manager for Government Affairs Karen Knutson; Exxon Mobil Vice President for International Government Relations Leyla Levitsky; Proskauer Rose Partner and Chair of USCIB’s Arbitration Committee Peter Sherwin; and Johnson & Johnson VP for Global Taxation and USCIB Tax Committee Vice Chair Louise Weingrod.

USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson also expressed his appreciation to the nominating committee, which was chaired by Novozymes A/S President and CEO and USCIB Trustee Sustainability Champion Ester Baiget; with members Deloitte Global Deputy CEO and Chief People & Purpose Officer and USCIB Vice Chair Michele Parmelee; and KPMG LLP U.S. Chair and CEO and USCIB Trustee Paul Knopp.

USCIB Welcomes New Director for Investment, Trade and China

Alice Slayton Clark

USCIB welcomed Alice Slayton Clark this week as Director for Investment, Trade and China policy. Clark brings with her considerable experience in trade policy, having worked in a number of international law firms and consulting practices, as well as on Capitol Hill.

Most recently, Clark has been a Senior Government Relations Advisor for Jacobs Global Trade & Compliance LLC. Prior to this she spent time as an independent International Trade Consultant, and as an International Trade Specialist at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy, Graham & James, and Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander and Ferdon. She began her trade career in the offices of Representative Robert Torricelli and Senator Bob Graham.

Alice received a BA in Government and Spanish from Oberlin College, and an MA in International Relations From Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In the past she has served as the President of the Women in International Trade (WIIT) group, and as a leader in local and school organizations.

Alice can be reached at asclark@uscib.org.

USCIB Announces New Policy Leadership

Brian Lowry

New York, N.Y., February 01, 2021: The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) announced that Brian Lowry, a former executive in the agriculture and crop science industry, and longtime USCIB corporate member leader, has joined USCIB’s staff as senior vice president of innovation, regulation, and trade. Lowry will be replacing Mike Michener, vice president for product policy and innovation, who is departing USCIB to join the Biden Administration to coordinate international food security policy.

Norine Kennedy

In addition, USCIB announced the promotion of Norine Kennedy to the position of senior vice president, policy and global strategy. With over 25 years’ experience as USCIB’s lead on environment, energy and climate change, Kennedy has been a forceful and respected voice for U.S. business at the UN Rio, Johannesburg, and Rio+20 sustainability conferences, at UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) meetings, all Conferences of the Parties of the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF). Kennedy also spearheaded USCIB’s strategic international engagement initiative to advance meaningful business engagement, partnership and regulatory diplomacy across the UN system.

Working from St. Louis and USCIB’s Washington, DC office, Lowry will lead the organization’s policy work on trade, health, food, agriculture, chemicals, and intellectual property. He will also coordinate USCIB’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

“Brian brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to USCIB, especially his background in working within a multinational corporate entity and with international organizations, that will contribute greatly to our efforts on behalf of members,” said Peter Robinson, USCIB CEO and president. “We are excited to have him join our team at a time when the policy and regulatory issues facing American companies are complex and growing—but also when the innovative capacity of the private sector can contribute so much to solving the global challenges we face today.”

Lowry most recently served in St. Louis as deputy general counsel at Bayer U.S. – Crop Science Division (formerly Monsanto) and headed the Office of Law & Policy. He was responsible for key legal functions and public policy efforts including international trade policy, negotiations, and compliance; multi-lateral undertakings and conventions and UN-related matters; human rights, human resources, and immigration; business conduct, ethics, and anti-corruption; intellectual property policy; and stakeholder and socially responsible investor engagement. Lowry also co-chaired the USCIB working group on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda and was the first board chair of the UN Global Compact Network USA.

In 2017, Lowry was recognized by the Financial Times as one of the six best leading in-house counsel specialists as “The Thought Leader.” In 2011, he was a finalist in the International Law Office Global Counsel Awards, and in 2014, he was recognized as the American Corporate Counsel International Lawyer of the Year. He is regularly engaged in university discussions on food security and business and human rights, and participates in a number of philanthropic, arts and community boards and activities. Lowry has taken advanced studies at Stanford University and Harvard University, and holds degrees from the University of Dayton, BS Education, and Washington University, Juris Doctorate.

Mike Michener

Michener is a former administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service who has also served as a U.S. diplomat in Rome and association executive in Brussels; he also worked with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and he served with the United States Army for seven years in Europe.

Robinson said, “We are sorry to see Mike Michener leave us, but happy as always to see USCIB alumni going on to key corporate and governmental positions. And we are fortunate to be able to count on the collaborative leadership of Norine Kennedy and Brian Lowry in advancing opportunities for private sector solutions to critical global issues at a time when multilateralism matters to business.”

About USCIB:

USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development, and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world.

As the U.S. affiliate of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and Business at OECD (BIAC), USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org.

Carol Doran Klein Retires, USCIB Welcomes Rick Minor as New Tax Lead

Carol Doran Klein
Carol Doran Klein

USCIB is pleased to announce that Richard Minor (who goes by Rick) has joined as its next International Tax Counsel upon Carol Doran Klein’s retirement.

“Carol has contributed immeasurably to the strengthening of the USCIB tax practice and we are grateful for her professional contributions and personal friendship over the last ten years,” said Peter Robinson, USCIB’s president and CEO. He added, “While we are saddened to see Carol go, Rick is a worthy successor and an excellent addition to the USCIB team. He brings a wealth of technical knowledge on international tax matters, experience in OECD tax policy and process, and a robust foreign government and European Commission network. I’m confident his expertise and international perspective will serve USCIB members well.”

Rick Minor
Rick Minor

Minor has deep experience in both the private and public sectors, having held senior tax roles with three large companies in Europe, in addition to serving as a Digital Policy Advisor to the Government of Luxembourg on a broad range of cross-border business issues with particular regard to EU data privacy, VAT and digital tax policy. His corporate background included positions as Vice President, Group Tax Counsel and Government Affairs for AOL Europe; Head of Tax, EMEA for ArcelorMittal; and Director of Tax, EMEA for Honeywell Europe. Minor also served as Director of International Cooperation and Business Investment for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, working to attract U.S. and foreign corporate investment to North Carolina. Minor got his bachelors at Duke University, his law degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and his LL.M. in tax at Georgetown. He began his career as an attorney specializing in international tax planning with global law firms in DC, Munich and London. Doran Klein and Minor served together on the OECD Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for VAT.

Minor assumes management of the USCIB Committee on Taxation, which promotes sound, appropriate and consistent international tax policy in the U.S. and overseas, including minimizing double taxation. The committee is chaired by Bill Sample, tax policy advisor at Microsoft Corporation, and encompasses leading tax professionals from USCIB member companies and organizations. The committee is especially active on OECD matters, in view of USCIB’s role as the American affiliate of Business at OECD (BIAC), and organizes a yearly conference bringing together USCIB members with top tax officials from the OECD and member governments.

USCIB Banking Committee Welcomes New Chair: Bank of America’s Geoff Brady

Geoff Brady
Photo credit: Bank of America

USCIB is pleased to announce the appointment of USCIB member Geoff Brady of Bank of America as new chair of the USCIB Banking Committee. Brady, who is head of global trade and supply chain finance at Bank of America, succeeds Michael Quinn of JPMorgan Chase.

According to USCIB Senior Director for Trade, Investment and Financial Services Eva Hampl, USCIB’s Banking Committee works to increase efficiency and decrease the cost of international trade transactions by promoting the standardization of international banking procedures—primarily by providing input into the global work of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

“We look forward to Bank of America’s active participation in this important area,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “We are confident in Geoff’s leadership in the ongoing work of the Committee, including ensuring strong U.S. representation in the ICC Banking Commission and ICC’s work to develop global rules and facilitate access to trade finance.”

USCIB Welcomes Members to Board of Trustees and Board of Directors

First row, left to right: Corinne Ripoche, Ester Baiget, Michele Parmelee Second row, left to right: Karen Fichuk, Robert DeLaMater, Karen Groff, Paul Knopp

Following elections this summer, USCIB welcomes new members for the 2020-2022 term to the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors.

The new Trustees include Novozymes A/S President and CEO Ester Baiget; Randstad North America CEO Karen Fichuk; KPMG U.S. Chair & CEO Paul Knopp; and Adecco Group CEO, Americas Corinne Ripoche. Karen Groff, president of Roanoke Insurance Group, Inc., is the new member of the Board of Directors.

Reelected to the Board of Trustees is Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft. Reelected to the Board of Directors are Len Cali (AT&T), John Dashwood (Exxon Mobil), Rick Johnston (Citigroup), Pilar Ramos (Mastercard) and Bill Sample (Microsoft).

New officers Michele Parmelee of Deloitte (Vice Chair) and Robert DeLaMater of Sullivan & Cromwell (Secretary), elected in May, join both boards as officers. Since her appointment, Parmelee has also been promoted to Deloitte’s deputy CEO, in addition to chief people & purpose officer.

Azevedo to Depart WTO and Join USCIB Member PepsiCo

Roberto Azevedo

Departing World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Roberto Azevedo will be joining USCIB member company PepsiCo Inc, as Pepsi’s chief corporate affairs officer. Azevedo, who received USCIB’s International Leadership Award in 2014, will oversee public policy, government affairs and communications.

PepsiCo is an active USCIB member across several USCIB policy workstreams and PepsiCo’s Chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta serves on USCIB’s Board of Trustees.

“We greatly look forward to continuing to work with Roberto in his new capacity as a USCIB member,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson.