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GM’s Terry Cullum

Terry A. Cullum, director of corporate responsibility, environment and energy with General Motors, has assumed the chairmanship of USCIB’s Environment Committee, taking up the reins from longtime chair George Carpenter of Procter & Gamble, who retired at the end of September.

The two men jointly led discussion at the most recent committee meeting in Washington, D.C., which was also the scene of a September 27 reception in Mr. Carpenter’s honor, recognizing his leadership and close involvement in USCIB’s environment work over many years.

USCIB’s Environment Committee promotes appropriate environmental protection within an open trade and investment system, and advances environmental protection and economic development as fundamental to sustainable development.

Mr. Cullum began his career in General Motors’ Cadillac division as a project engineer.  He held positions dealing with selection of materials, validation testing, and specification development before joining the corporate environmental staff in 1994.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan at Dearborn.  Mr. Cullum is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and serves on a number of academic advisory boards.

Outgoing Environment Committee Chairman George Carpenter (second from right) with USCIB’s Peter Robinson, Norine Kennedy and Andrea Fava.

“We are delighted that Terry Cullum has agreed to lead USCIB’s dynamic environmental affairs activities,” said USCIB President Peter M. Robinson.  “Working with a team of dedicated members and staff professionals, we know he shares the goal of ensuring that business continues to play a major role in international environmental policy discussions.”

“We are very grateful to George Carpenter, who has helped define the whole idea of corporate sustainability, for his outstanding work on behalf of U.S. business in promoting greater awareness of environmental matters and of the many efforts by companies to improve environmental performance.”

Other Member News – Congratulations to John K. Veroneau, until recently an attorney with member law firm DLA Piper, who has been nominated by President Bush to serve as deputy U.S. trade representative. … The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace recently published a paper entitled “Farm Policies Block Progress for the Poor,” written by USCIB Executive Committee member Lionel C. Johnson, vice president and director of international government affairs with Citigroup, and Viji Rangaswami of the Carnegie Endowment.  They argue that the WTO’s Doha Round talks have already yielded potentially significant “wins” for developing countries, and they propose a three-fold solution to the present impasse over agriculture.  The paper is available at

Trade and Investment Committees Join Forces – We are delighted to announce that USCIB’s Trade Policy and Investment Policy committees have agreed to merge their operations, in order to more effectively address the range of policies affecting both international trade and cross-border investment.  R. Scott Miller, director of national government relations with Proctor & Gamble, will chair the combined committee, with Geoffrey B. Gamble, director of international government affairs with DuPont serving as vice chair.  Joseph Gavin (202-371-1316, and Stephen Canner (202-371-1316, will share staff support responsibilities.

Josefa Sicard-Mirabal

USCIB Staff News – We welcome Josefa Sicard-Mirabal (212-703-5065, to USCIB’s New York offices as the ICC International Court of Arbitration’s director of arbitration and ADR for North America.  She succeeds Lorraine M. Brennan, who has returned to private practice as a lawyer with the New York offices of Kilpatrick and Stockton.

Josefa holds a law degree from the Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic and studied at Fordham University School of Law.  She began her legal career as a judge and subsequently chief justice in the Dominican Republic.  Since 1989 she has been a practicing attorney with major law firms in the U.S., specializing in international arbitration and litigation, and international business transactions including mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions.

Caitlin Martin (212-703-5086, has joined the International Chamber of Commerce full-time as BASCAP (Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy) information specialist, working out of USCIB’s New York offices.  Since March, Caitlin has worked part-time as an intern for the BASCAP initiative, ICC’s global effort to connect all business sectors and cut across national borders in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy.  Caitlin’s key responsibility has been to help build the BASCAP website (, an international resource center for comprehensive information about counterfeiting and piracy.  She will coordinate the growing amount of information inflow, handling data collection, content editing and communications with BASCAP stakeholders, ICC national committees and ICC member companies.

Tina Tsao (212-703-5074, has joined USCIB’s ATA Carnet Export Service a foreign claims examiner.  Issued and guaranteed by USCIB, Carnets are used for duty-free, tax-free shipment of temporary exports such as product samples and professional equipment.  Tina is a recent graduate of the University of Rochester and worked for Evergreen-America, a New Jersey-based shipping company.  In addition, supplementing his foreign claims responsibilities, Chris Gillard
(212-703-5076, will serve as USCIB’s coordinator for customs training, coordinating outreach and instruction for U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel around the country on how Carnets are used.  And Mike Megliola (212-703-5081, has been promoted to senior foreign claims examiner and coordinator for special projects, focusing on streamlining our Carnet computer systems and internal processes.

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Staff Contact:   Abby Shapiro

Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Tel: 212.703.5064

Abby Shapiro is responsible for evaluating and growing new products, services and programs that provide new revenue streams to USCIB, add value to membership and support USCIB’s mission and vision.
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