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NFTC Welcomes New Senior Vice President Catherine Bennett
Date: 9/10/2007
Written By: Eric Thomas or Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, 202-822-9491

Washington, DC The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) today announced that Catherine Bennett will join the organization as the new Senior Vice President, effective October 1, 2007.



"Cathie is a great addition to our team and we are looking forward to the meaningful contributions she will make to the NFTC and our member companies," said NFTC President Bill Reinsch. "With her many years of experience in government and in the private sector, we have no doubt that Cathie will provide thoughtful leadership and expertise to the NFTC. We are extremely pleased to have her join us."



Before joining the NFTC, Bennett was a Partner in the Legislative Practice Group at Venable LLP in Washington, D.C., where she focused on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues, including trade, taxation, and intellectual property. Prior to her work at Venable, Bennett was Vice President of Government Relations for Pfizer Inc., with direct responsibility for trade-related legislative issues. Bennett also served on the National Security Council at the White House and as an aide to Representative Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen.



In addition, Bennett has played a key leadership role in a number of U.S.-business community led efforts to promote an open, rules-based trading system, and was a dedicated member of the NFTC Board for nearly a decade.



The NFTC, founded in 1914, is the only business association dedicated solely to trade policy, export finance, international tax and human resources. The organization represents more than 300 companies through its offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. As Senior Vice President, Bennett will focus on membership development and member relations, as well as a number of policy issues, including trade, international tax and intellectual property.



Bennett succeeds Anne Alonzo, who joined Kraft Foods as Vice President of Global Public Policy last month. Anne had served as Senior Vice President since 2000, and during her tenure also served as Co-Chair of the Hispanic Alliance for Free Trade (HAFT). In addition to her work for HAFT, Anne was instrumental in the NFTC and broader U.S. business community efforts to urge Congressional approval of DR-CAFTA and a number of bilateral free trade agreements with Latin American countries.



"We thank Anne for her hard work on behalf of the NFTC and for providing valuable counsel and support to our members. We wish her all the best in and look forward to working with her in her new capacity," concluded Reinsch.




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