Washington, DC – The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) today announced the appointment of its new Chairman – Ambassador Alan Wolff, Co-Chair of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s International Trade Practice Group. Wolff assumes the position effective today, March 1, 2011.
“For many years, we have been honored to work with Alan in his capacity as a member of the NFTC Board. On countless occasions Alan’s trade expertise and counsel have helped to guide our work in several areas, from the promotion of bilateral and multilateral trade initiatives to shedding light on tariff and non-tariff trade barriers around the world to understanding how the trading system is changing,” said NFTC President Bill Reinsch. “Alan’s contributions to the NFTC and our member companies have been invaluable, and he will continue to provide thoughtful leadership in his new role as Chairman.”
Prior to heading up Dewey & LeBoeuf’s international trade practice, from 1991 through September 2007, Wolff served as managing partner of Dewey Ballentine’s Washington, DC office, prior to the firm’s merger with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. Wolff’s extensive experience in international trade relations includes serving as U.S. Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations in the Carter Administration between 1977-1979. In that position he held the rank of ambassador and played a key role in several U.S. international trade negotiations. He also served as General Counsel of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative during the Nixon and Ford Administrations, and prior to that provided counsel on international monetary, trade and development policy issues at the Treasury Department.
“There could not be a better time than the present for expanding trade with major benefits for America. Not only are the free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama pending approval by the Congress, but near-term progress is surely to be made this year on a Trans-Pacific Partnership, embracing many of America’s long time and closest trading partners as well as Vietnam and potentially Japan,” said Wolff. “WTO accession of Russia is also a real possibility. It has been well over a decade since the United States successfully led major trade initiatives and 2011 marks a new beginning. The Council will be taking a strong role in all of these great enterprises.”
Advancing Global Commerce for Nearly A Century- The National Foreign Trade Council (www.nftc.org) 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.
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