Member Staff News: New Chair for Trade and Investment Committee

Rick Johnston
Rick Johnston

Charles R. (Rick) Johnston, director and senior vice president for international government affairs with Citi, is the new chair of USCIB’s Trade and Investment Committee, which coordinates business advocacy among USCIB’s hundreds of member companies, advises the U.S. government on key trade and investment matters, and drives broader international support for open markets.  “We are very excited that Rick Johnston has agreed to lead USCIB’s trade and investment policy work,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson.  “He brings strong leadership and a truly global perspective.”

Anthony Barone
Anthony Barone

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has elevated Anthony Barone, director of global logistics policy at Pfizer, to the chairmanship of its Committee on Customs and Trade Regulations. Having served a year as vice chair, Barone is set to advance the committee’s work program, which focuses on simplifying and harmonizing customs policies and procedures so as to overcome barriers to trade.


Stephen Canner
Stephen Canner

At a May reception in Washington, D.C., USCIB members and staff bade farewell and gave a hearty “thank you” to Stephen Canner, who retired after 17 years of service in our Washington office.  Coming to us following a long and distinguished career at the U.S. Treasury, Steve served as USCIB’s vice president for investment and financial services, and more recently as senior advisor. His first-rate track record of advocacy on behalf of U.S. business resulted in a number of important achievements and helped to elevate investment policy to an equal footing with trade policy in terms of its importance to growth, jobs and development. Steve recently completed a term as chair of BIAC’s investment committee, further underscoring his lasting influence on our policy work and that of our affiliates. An accomplished sailor who often treated fellow USCIB staffers to a day out on the Chesapeake, Steve brought good humor and boundless energy – not to mention keen insight – to his work.  We wish him and his wife Sharon much happiness and happy sailing.

New USCIB Members

We are delighted to welcome the following companies and organizations as the latest additions to USCIB’s diverse membership:

Office Depot
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Frankfurt Kurnit Klien & Selz PC
Jackson Lewis LLP
Patton Boggs

To learn more about how USCIB membership can benefit your organization, contact Alison Hoiem (202-682-1291 or

Staff Contact:   Alison Hoiem

Vice President Membership
Tel: 202.682.1291

Alison Hoiem manages USCIB’s Member Services department and works to ensure that USCIB’s policy priorities are aligned with the needs of members. She also works to recruit new members to USCIB. Prior to joining USCIB in 2008 as membership assistant, she served as an account executive at several public relations agencies, where she worked with a number of association clients.
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