U.S.-Korea Business Council Membership

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Octávio Simões

President & Chief Executive Officer
Tellurian Inc.





Welcome Message from the Chairman 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Korea Business Council (USKBC) is comprised of major U.S. companies that are committed to doing business in South Korea. Since 1987, the USKBC has been the leading voice of American business in the U.S.-Korea relationship, promoting strong economic ties between the two countries. To this day, our core mission remains fostering better business and government ties and deepening bilateral trade and investment in order to facilitate growth across all sectors of the economy. 

The USKBC continues to lead efforts in both the United States and Korea to promote a cooperative and mutually beneficial economic relationship. Throughout my nearly 40 years in the energy industry, I have been privileged to lead several projects that crossed our two countries’ borders and I have been fortunate to join many business delegations with frequent travel to Korea. Our collaboration has been both productive and collegial, and I cherish the business and personal relationships built. As chairman of the USKBC, I look forward to driving progress in the USKBC’s advocacy agenda and to being of service to both the U.S. and Korean business communities in advancing a strong bilateral commercial relationship. I invite businesses of all sizes and sectors to join us as we continue to enhance collaboration between the two countries in key commercial priorities and strengthen the Council’s mission to expand American business trade and investment with Korea. 

Octávio Simões is president and chief executive officer of Tellurian Inc. He assumed chairmanship of the USKBC on May 14, 2021, following former USKBC chairman David Cordani, president and chief executive officer of Cigna. 

USKBC Executive Committee


Octávio Simões
President & Chief Executive Officer
Tellurian Inc.

Executive Committee Members

Mathew Devlin
Head of International Relations

Susan Greenwell 
Senior Vice President and Head of Global Government Relations

Craig Hall
Manager Federal & International Government Affairs – Asia-Pacific

Jenelle Krishnamoorthy
Interim Vice President, Global Policy, Communications & Population Health
Merck and Co., Inc.    

Mark Lippert
Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy, APAC, YouTube

Sean Murphy
Vice President & Counsel
Dolby Laboratories

Balaka Niyazee
Vice President
Procter & Gamble, Korea

J.B. Simko
Vice President, External Affairs (U.S. & International)
Philip Morris International

Nate Tibbits
Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs,
Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility

Ernie L. Thrasher
Chief Executive Officer
Xcoal Energy & Resources 

Ryan VanGrack
Senior Deputy General Counsel

Myron Brilliant
Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce


USKBC Members

Abbott Laboratories
Amazon Web Services
Applied Materials
Bristol Myers Squibb
Chevron Corporation
The Chubb Group
Dolby Laboratories
Edward Life Sciences
Facebook Korea
FedEx Express
General Electric
General Motors Korea
Intuitive Surgical
KKR Singapore Pte Ltd

Lam Research
Lockheed Martin
McLarty Associates
Medtronic, Inc.
Merck & Co., Inc.
MetLife, Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Partners for the Future Foundation
Pfizer, Inc.
Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America
Philip Morris International, Inc.
Procter & Gamble
Qualcomm Incorporated
Reinsurance Group of America
Tellurian Inc.
United Airlines
Venture Global LNG
Xcoal Energy & Resources



Executive Committee


The Executive Committee of the U.S.-Korea Business Council is comprised of senior leaders of member companies. It sets the council’s policy direction and agenda, and promotes the council’s mission.

Benefits of Executive Committee Members include:

  • Access to senior leadership of the U.S.-Korea Business Council
  • Priority invitations to CEO-level briefings and bilateral meetings with U.S. and Korean government officials
  • Exclusive, company-specific strategic advisory services
  • Leadership opportunities in executive trade delegations and missions, annual meeting, and events
  • Increased visibility for company branding
  • All Corporate Membership benefits listed below

Corporate Membership

Benefits for Corporate Members include:

  • Participate in setting council advocacy goals and strategic planning
  • Opportunities to participate in member-only events, executive trade delegations and briefings with U.S. and Korean government officials
  • Assistance with securing appointments for company executives visiting Korea
  • Advocacy assistance on resolving company-specific trade or investment issues
  • Sector specific, working group advocacy updates

For more information about becoming a council Executive Committee member, please contact the council staff.