International Chamber of Commerce also elects new secretary general
Paris and New York, N.Y., February 8, 2011 – The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has selected USCIB Chairman Harold McGraw III, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The McGraw-Hill Companies [now S&P Global], to serve as vice chairman of the global business body. ICC’s World Council elected Mr. McGraw at a recent meeting in Paris, where it also confirmed Jean-Guy Carrier as secretary general.
ICC is the world business organization that represents private-sector views to national governments and intergovernmental bodies around the world. It advocates for free trade and the market economy, working through a network of national committees and direct members in over 120 countries. USCIB serves as ICC’s American national committee.
“ICC continues to serve as a strong business advocate during a time when governments around the world are making policy decisions that will shape the global economy for decades to come,” Mr. McGraw said. “To create a stronger and more sustainable global business environment we must not delay pursuing an agenda that promotes trade, investment and the completion of the Doha Round; addresses the challenge of global climate change; encourages high-tech innovation; and improves the protection of intellectual property.”
Mr. McGraw, who has chaired USCIB since last year, succeeds Stephen Green, former chairman of HSBC, who has gone on to become U.K. trade minister. He joins Rajat Gupta, ICC’s chairman and senior partner emeritus of McKinsey & Co., and Victor Fung, ICC honorary chairman and chairman of Li & Fung Group, in the world business body’s senior leadership.
Mr. McGraw was elected chairman of The McGraw-Hill Companies in December 1999, chief executive officer in 1998 and president and chief operating officer in 1993. He has been a member of the company’s board of directors since 1987.
Appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to the U.S.-India CEO Forum in November 2009, Mr. McGraw is also a member of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He serves on the boards of United Technologies and ConocoPhillips, and chairs the Emergency Committee for American Trade and the U.S.-India Business Council.
Before his appointment as ICC’s secretary general, Mr. Carrier was director of programs for the ICC Research Foundation and will continue in that role. Prior to joining ICC, he held senior positions in business and with international organizations, most notably the World Trade Organization. He is the author of several books and has published numerous articles in national and international media.
“It is an honor to be part of such a unique global business organization,” said Mr. Carrier. “ICC provides a forum for companies and other business organizations to examine and better comprehend the major shifts happening in the world economy. Working with the business community worldwide to help shape the economy of the future is an exciting challenge and responsibility.”
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