It is with deep regret that USCIB marks the untimely passing of two former USCIB Trustees, Jim Schiro and John Akers, leaders of successful international businesses.
Jim Schiro, 68, was chief executive of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Zurich Financial Services, and a lead director at Goldman Sachs. While at PwC, Schiro served as a USCIB Trustee and as a member of USCIB’s board of directors. He also oversaw USCIB finances as treasurer and chairman of the Finance and Oversight Committee. Peter Robinson, USCIB president and CEO, noted: “We greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with Jim—a good-natured, smart leader who kept us on our toes in a supportive way.”
John F. Akers, 79, became IBM’s sixth chief executive in 1985 and chairman a year later. In addition to serving as a Trustee, Akers was the 1989 recipient of USCIB’s annual International Leadership Award. Robinson recalled that “Even at a challenging time of change for the computing industry, John was one of those senior business executives who dedicated themselves on behalf of American and global business to extracurricular service in championing open trade and investment policies.”
They will be missed, and our thoughts are with their families.