David Gossack, vice president for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, develops Chamber programs and policies across the region. He concurrently serves as president of the U.S.-Japan Business Council (USJBC) and president of the U.S.-Korea Business Council (USKBC) where he helps lead U.S. business engagement with two of America’s most important trading partners.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Gossack spent more than 24 years in Asia as one of America’s most senior commercial diplomats and an advocate for American business interests. He served in East Asia’s largest economies before retiring in July 2018 as a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Minister-Counselor rank.
Previously, Gossack was senior commercial officer at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea, and before that was senior commercial officer at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. While working in Beijing and Shanghai, he was a leader in U.S. commercial engagement in China from 2003 to 2010. His previous postings were in Tokyo, Japan, from 1995 to 1999 and in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1999 to 2002.
He received the Commerce Department’s Gold Medal Award, its highest award for professional achievement, for his market access work in Japan, along with other departmental awards for his work in Asia. He is well known for creating and executing some of Commerce’s largest events in Asia including conferences in aviation, infrastructure, health care, and manufacturing technology.
Earlier, Gossack was legislative counsel to Sen. Spark Matsunaga (D-HI) during his chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee’s International Trade Subcommittee, and he was a participant in drafting major trade legislation in the 100th and 101st Congresses. Also, he served as a foreign service officer for the State Department holding positions in Washington, Tokyo, and at the USTR’s Office of Japan Affairs.
During his overseas assignments, Gossack was appointed as an honorary governor of the American Chambers of Commerce in Korea, Indonesia, Shanghai, and Thailand and is knowledgeable about the issues, market conditions, and opportunities for American business across Asia. He speaks Japanese, Chinese, and Indonesian with varying degrees of fluency and is well versed in Asian cultures and business practices. He is a fan of Asian cuisines, music, art, and architecture.
Gossack is a native of San Jose, California, and a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Washington School of Law. He resides in Potomac, Maryland.