Our Man in Washington: Rob Mulligan

Rob Mulligan
Rob Mulligan

We welcome Rob Mulligan, who served as the top international executive at TechAmerica,” as USCIB’s new Senior Vice President for Washington, succeeding Tim Deal, who has retired after 14 years of stellar service USCIB.

As head of our five-person Washington, D.C. office, Rob will coordinate representation of USCIB to the Executive Branch and Congress on a wide range of trade and investment issues of importance to the U.S. business community.  He will also oversee the organization’s participation in business lobbying and coalition-building efforts.

Rob comes to USCIB from TechAmerica (formerly the American Electronics Association), the largest U.S. high-tech trade association, where he served as Senior Vice President, International for six years.  He worked with member companies in devising strategies for addressing international trade, investment and regulatory issues affecting the high-tech industry, and he directed advocacy efforts through a team of experts in Washington, Brussels and Beijing.

“Rob Mulligan is an experienced ‘business diplomat,’” according to USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson.  “In addition to his substantive knowledge in key business policy areas, Rob knows Washington, and has contacts with policymakers and government officials around the world.  His background in the corporate sector and in the trade association world gives him an appreciation of the needs of a member-driven organization like USCIB.”

Prior to TechAmerica, Rob served for seven years as Assistant Vice President, International External Affairs for The Chubb Corporation, a global commercial specialty insurer.  He developed and implemented the corporation’s international strategy for interacting with governments and business organizations worldwide on issues related to trade policy, insurance regulation and business development.

Among Rob’s earlier positions, he was executive director of the Central Europe Institute in Prague, and served with the U.S. Department of Commerce as an International Trade Specialist.  He has an MBA from the Solvay Business School at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, a J.D. from the Ohio State University College of Law, and a B.A. from Miami University.

Tim Deal, who will continue to advise USCIB on numerous matters, reflected upon retirement: “I had the privilege of collaborating closely with three outstanding USCIB presidents. The past few years under Pete Robinson’s leadership in what have been trying times, were especially rewarding.” USCIB members and friends hailed Tim and welcomed Rob at an October 12 reception in Washington.

More Member and Staff News – USCIB Chairman Harold McGraw III (Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, The McGraw-Hill Companies) was recently elected to the ICC Executive Board, succeeding former USCIB Chairman William G. Parrett, retired CEO of Deloitte.   Mr. McGraw was also named by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. … ICC has appointed Eve Magnant (Vice President and Corporate Social Responsibility Director, Publicis Group) and Brent Sanders (Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation) to serve as Vice Chairs of ICC’s Commission on Marketing and Advertising. … Martina Bianchini (Vice President of EU Government Affairs & Public Policy, Dow Chemical Company) has been named to chair ICC’s new Task Force on Green Economy, part of the ICC Environment and Energy Commission.

USCIB is pleased to welcome Zaneta Butscher, an intern working with the Arbitration Committee.  Zaneta is a former litigation associate from the New York office of Baker & McKenzie LLP, where she worked on various aspects of complex commercial litigation and international arbitration. … Lynda K. Walker will be stepping down from her position as Vice President and International Tax Counsel with USCIB to become the Executive Director of the Tax Council and Tax Council Policy Institute.  We are actively searching for Lyn’s successor and wish her the best in a new and exciting position.

Staff Contact:   Alice Slayton Clark

VP, International Investment and Trade Policy
Tel: 202.682.0051

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