WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced the hiring of Cassia Carvalho as executive director of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council (BUSBC) and Neil Herrington as executive director for the Americas. Carvalho will be primarily responsible for leading BUSBC programs and membership development while Herrington will focus on policy and operations for the broader Americas team, including BUSBC.
“Cassia and Neil offer the Americas team additional depth and breadth in international policy and business. Their combined skill set will serve our members well as all eyes move to Brazil for the World Cup, presidential elections, 2016 Rio Olympics, and beyond,” said Jodi Bond, vice president for the Americas at the U.S. Chamber. “They both bring private sector experience and public policy expertise that will help move the U.S.-Brazil bilateral agenda forward, and we expect them to expand the mission and vision of the council in new and exciting ways.”
Carvalho brings over twenty years of experience in public policy, government relations, project execution, risk mitigation, and regulatory affairs. Previously, she managed corporate affairs for Vale, the third largest mining company in the world, and worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), where she managed a $4 billion portfolio of investments in emerging countries. She holds a Master of Arts in International Development and International Economics from The American University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia Union College.
Before joining the Chamber, Herrington served as international strategic planning lead at Raytheon Corporation’s principal global naval and marine products division and served as senior trade policy advisor for Asia and Africa to the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. Herrington also worked for General Motors do Brasil and the California Office of Trade and Investment in Mexico City. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in International Management from the Lauder Institute of International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Occidental College.
The Brazil-U.S. Business Council (BUSBC) is the premier business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the economic and commercial relationship between the two countries. A full list of BUSBC board members is available here.
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