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USA*Engage Welcomes New Co-Chairman Del Renigar
Date: 9/5/2007
Written By: Eric Thomas or Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, 202-822-9491

Washington DC – The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and USA*Engage today announced the appointment of Del Renigar as Co-Chairman of USA*Engage. Renigar serves as Corporate Counsel for International Policy & Trade Regulation for General Electric (GE) Company.


“There is no one more qualified than Del to take on the role of providing solid counsel, direction and leadership to USA*Engage,” said USA*Engage Director Jake Colvin. “Del brings with him many years of foreign policy and trade experience from both the public and private sectors, which we will draw upon to help move forward the mission of the organization.”


Renigar currently counsels all GE businesses on trade controls and anti-bribery compliance and global public policy, trade, investment, and market access issues. Before joining GE, Renigar served on the National Security Council at the White House and at the Commerce Department.


“It is a critical time for USA*Engage and its member companies to work with federal, state and local policymakers on a positive agenda that takes advantage of the complementary nature of U.S. foreign policy, national security and economic interests and that encourages dialogue, engagement and multilateralism as important tools in pursuing those interests, ” said Renigar.


Prior to his federal government service, Renigar was an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, DC where he maintained a broad international practice.


Renigar will succeed Robert Haines, International Senior Adviser for Exxon Mobil Corporation, who served as Co-Chairman of USA*Engage since 2003 and who will retire from the company at the end of the month. Haines has also been a member of the Board of the National Foreign Trade Council for 10 years.


“Both NFTC and USA*Engage are sincerely grateful for all of the contributions Bob has made to help achieve the mission of USA*Engage since it was established a decade ago,” said NFTC President and USA*Engage Co-Chair Bill Reinsch. “We appreciate Bob’s many years of service to the organization as a thoughtful leader and contributor and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”



USA*Engage ( is a coalition of small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. Established in 1997 and organized under the National Foreign Trade Council (, USA*Engage leads a campaign to inform policy-makers, opinion-leaders, and the public about the counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions, the importance of exports and overseas investment for American competitiveness and jobs, and the role of American companies in promoting human rights and democracy world wide.


The National Foreign Trade Council ( is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.