Former Ambassador John Danilovich Elected ICC Secretary General

John Danilovich
John Danilovich

New York and Paris, June 27, 2014  – An American business leader and diplomat, John Danilovich, has been named secretary general of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Paris-based world business organization, according to the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), ICC’s American national committee.

ICC’s World Council voted unanimously to approve Danilovich’s appointment today in Geneva, following a recommendation by the ICC Executive Board. A selection committee appointed by the board reviewed the qualifications of more than 300 candidates before selecting Danilovich based on his impressive credentials in the international arena and extensive experience of trade related issues.

“John will be an outstanding secretary general,” said ICC Chairman Terry McGraw, chairman of McGraw Hill Financial [now S&P Global], who also serves as USCIB’s chairman. “His experience and deep understanding of global markets as a business leader will be incredibly important to ensure public-private sector engagement in driving economic growth, creating jobs and raising standards of living around the world. We are pleased he will be taking the lead of the world’s business organization.”

Danilovich has been active in the international maritime industry for several decades, holding executive board positions in a number of companies. He served as the U.S. ambassador to Brazil and to Costa Rica, and from 2005 to 2009 was the chief executive officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an innovative and successful foreign aid program. Click here for full biographical information.

“I greatly look forward to working with ICC professionals, leadership and national committees around the world to strengthen the organization’s role and visibility,” said Danilovich. “This is an exciting organization at a crucial moment in its development. I want to build on the success achieved over the last few years under the leadership of former Secretary General Jean-Guy Carrier, who set ICC on a solid foundation and a steady course.”

USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson said he looked forward to working with Danilovich. “We believe ICC has made an excellent choice,” he said. “The entire USCIB team stands ready to help John develop ICC into an even more authoritative and effective business voice on the global stage.”

About ICC:

ICC is the largest, most representative business organization in the world. Its global network comprises over six million companies, chambers of commerce and business associations in more than 130 countries, with interests spanning every sector of private enterprise. A world network of national committees keeps the ICC international secretariat in Paris informed about national and regional business priorities. More than 2,000 experts drawn from ICC’s member companies feed their knowledge and experience into crafting the ICC stance on specific business issues. The United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the G20 and many other intergovernmental bodies, both international and regional, are kept in touch with the views of international business through ICC. More at

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. With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, including ICC, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at


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