Dinesh Paliwal of ABB Group to Lead the Historic Free Trade Organization
Washington, DC – Meeting in New York City on Friday, the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) Board elected as its new chairman, Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the ABB Group in North America. Paliwal also heads ABB’s Automation Technologies division worldwide and is Chairman of ABB India Ltd.
ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group operates in around 100 countries and employs over 100,000 people.
“Dinesh Paliwal brings business leadership that spans twenty-five years and four continents to the NFTC helm. His keen understanding of the importance of establishing a expanding a global rules-based free trading system will be of incredible value to our organization,” said Bill Reinsch, NFTC President. “We are extremely grateful to him for adding this responsibility to his already very busy professional life.” Paliwal is also a board member of the U.S.-India Business Council, the U.S.-China Business Council and a member of the Business Roundtable. He replaces Michael Jordan, Chairman and CEO of EDS, who has served as NFTC’s Chairman since December 2001.
“Over the past four years, Michael Jordan has led NFTC through some very important free trade milestones for the U.S. including the signing of free trade agreements with Chile, Morocco, Australia and the nations of Central America through the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement. Today, we stand at a point of amazing potential. The current Doha Round of WTO talks could facilitate the expansion of the free trade system across the globe driving tremendous economic growth and development,” stated Reinsch. “But, there is much to be done to see this goal realized. And, we will rely heavily on the leadership of Dinesh Paliwal the entire NFTC Board and membership.”