U.S. Chamber Names New Executive Director of U.S. ? Pakistan Business Council

Thursday, December 18, 2003 - 7:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Chamber of Commerce announced today the appointment of Ms. Esperanza Gomez as Executive Director of the U. S. - Pakistan Business Council.

"The Council is very fortunate to have a person of Esperanza's experience and capabilities leading our efforts with regards to Pakistan," said Ahmet C. Bozer, Chairman of the Council and President, Coca-Cola Eurasia and Middle East Division. "This appointment further underscores the renewed interest and the importance of our business and political relationship with Pakistan."

The U. S. - Pakistan Business Council, which operates within the administrative aegis of the U.S. Chamber, was officially inaugurated on September 30, 2002 and is the leading private sector association of U. S. companies with business and investment interest in Pakistan. The primary role of the Council is to foster a greater awareness of business opportunities in Pakistan and to generate increased foreign direct investment.

Lt. Gen. (retired) Dan Christman, Senior Vice President for International Affairs, highlighted the importance of Gomez' appointment by saying that, "South Asia is a region of increasing interest to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and her hiring strengthens our commitment to the region."

The Council's membership includes leading U.S. corporations in such sectors as financial services and banking, defense, aerospace, information technology, telecommunications, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, energy, and consulting services.

Gomez comes to the Chamber and the U.S. - Pakistan Business Council from Wilson Associates where she represented the Embassy of Pakistan on various legislative issues.

She also has worked for American International Group (AIG) on legislative and international trade issues. Earlier in her career, Gomez worked for Senator Robert Dole's Better America Foundation. She is completing graduate studies at George Mason University in International Commerce and Policy.

The U. S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region.

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