U.S. Chamber’s Brazil-U.S. Business Council Appoints New Vice Chairman

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 4:15pm

President and Chief Operating Officer of Monsanto Brett D. Begemann Appointed Vice Chairman

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The U.S. Chamber of Commerce-affiliated Brazil-U.S. Business Council today announced the appointment of Brett D. Begemann, president and chief operating officer of Monsanto, as the council's new vice-chair.

“The U.S.-Brazil commercial relationship has been growing stronger and is further strengthened by Mr. Begemann’s leadership as vice-chair of the council,” said Cassia Carvalho, executive director of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. “We have an ambitious policy agenda to execute in the coming weeks and months, and Mr. Begemann’s experience in Brazil as a long-time Monsanto executive enhances our ability to achieve our goals there.”

Begemann has commercial responsibility for Monsanto’s global business and supply chain. He formerly served as Monsanto’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer and joined the company in 1983 as a sales representative in Minnesota. Monsanto is a leading provider of agricultural products for farmers. Begemann currently serves on the Brazil Council board of directors.

The Brazil-U.S. Business Council is the premier business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the economic and commercial relationship between the two countries.

International trade and investment are key components of the Chamber’s 2015 American Jobs, Growth, and Opportunity Agenda, an ambitious plan to help revitalize the American economy, create jobs, spur growth, and lift incomes.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 70 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.