Just three weeks after taking the reins at the Paris-based world business body, Jean Rozwadowski, the new secretary general of the International Chamber of Commerce, paid a visit to USCIB, which has served as ICC’s American national committee since 1945.
Mr. Rozwadowski was unanimously appointed secretary general by the ICC World Council at a June meeting in Kuala Lumpur, on the eve of the biennial ICC World Chambers Congress. He succeeds Guy Sebban, who retired at the end of his four-year term.
“We look forward to working closely with Jean as we help bring ICC into its tenth decade,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson. ICC is in the midst of a year-long series of events marking its 90th anniversary. The series will include USCIB’s 2009 Annual Dinner at the Waldrof-Astoria in New York
The Paris-based ICC is the largest, most representative private-sector association in the world, with hundreds of thousands of member companies in over 130 countries, including more than 90 where national committees like USCIB provide a platform for participation from their national business communities.
Mr. Rozwadowski met with USCIB’s senior staff and its policy and program department. Many USCIB policy committees feed directly into the world business organization’s policy-making process. ICC enjoys top-level consultative status at the United Nations and works closely with UN agencies, other international organizations and national governments on behalf of its worldwide business membership.
“I am delighted and honored to be joining such an illustrious organization,” Mr. Rozwadowski said in accepting his position in June. “In these times of dramatic and accelerating change, it is more important than ever to strengthen ICC’s mission as the voice of global business in promoting a rules-based multilateral trading system and international cooperation.”
Mr. Rozwadowski was born in Holland to a Polish father and a French mother, and grew up in South Africa. A French national, he has lived and worked on five continents, holding senior executive positions with MasterCard and American Express in Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, France, Germany, Singapore, and the United States. He speaks several languages, including English, French, Portuguese, Polish and Spanish.