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James W. Fatheree is Vice President, Asia, and acting head of Asia for the International Affairs Division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity he oversees strategy and operations related to U.S. trade and economic engagement in the Asia-Pacific, including major programs on China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and APEC. Fatheree helps set Chamber priorities and policy positions for Asia as part of the Asia division’s overall agenda and programs in coordination with Asia team leaders.
Previously he helped manage the Chamber’s efforts to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, including as co-leader of the U.S. Coalition for TPP, which the Chamber ran.
He was President of the U.S.-Japan Business Council (USJBC) and Executive Director for Japan and Korea at the Chamber from 2012 - 2016. Prior to the USJBC’s integration into the Chamber in June 2012, Fatheree was President of the USJBC from 2002-2012.
Earlier in his career, Fatheree worked in the International Trade Administration, on Capitol Hill, and in several private firms on trade issues.
A native Texan, Fatheree received a B.A. in government from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in international economic policy from American University, and a certificate in international business from Georgetown University.
Fatheree resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Richelle, and three sons.