U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Japan Business Council Announces Western Digital’s David Goeckeler and Dow’s Eriko Sakurai as New Board Members

Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 8:30am

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Japan Business Council (USJBC) announced today that David Goeckeler, chief executive officer of Western Digital, has been elected vice chairman of the USJBC. Goeckeler will join USJBC chair Doug Peterson, president and chief executive officer of S&P Global, in enhancing the USJBC’s policy advocacy strategy and promoting the USJBC’s mission.

The Council also announced Eriko Sakurai, President of Dow Japan and Korea, as the latest addition to its Board of Directors.

“The partnership between the U.S. and Japan in high technology is essential for the prosperity and the security of both of our countries, and effective cooperation between business and government is crucial for ensuring its success,” said David Goeckeler, CEO, Western Digital. “I look forward to serving as Vice Chairman of the USJBC at a time of great challenge and opportunity.”

“As a Japanese executive at a global enterprise I look forward to being constructively engaged in the USJBC and bridging the U.S. and Japanese business communities,” said Eriko Sakurai, President of Dow Japan and Korea. “Together, we’re working towards better policy and opportunity-creation for companies, our workers, and our ability to contribute to the planet.”

USJBC is comprised of leading U.S. companies that place a high priority on doing business in Japan and is the primary U.S.-based business organization promoting stronger economic relations between the two countries. The USJBC’s core mission is to advance U.S.-Japan business and government ties, to identify and expand new opportunities, and to facilitate growth across sectors including digital economy, energy and infrastructure, financial services, healthcare innovation, travel, tourism, and transportation.

Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber, welcomed the new USJBC Board members, saying, “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is delighted to work with both Goeckeler and Sakurai, and their companies, to strengthen the U.S.-Japan commercial relationship. Digital economy and sustainability are key focus areas for the USJBC, and these senior executives’ breadth of experience in international business as well as in their respective sectors makes them both tremendous assets in helping to shape the Council’s work during this important time.”

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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.

About Western Digital
Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. As a leader in data infrastructure, the company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk® and WD® brands. Western Digital has a long-standing commitment to Japan that spans decades, including an enduring partnership with Kioxia that was established in 1999 and is widely regarded as the most successful technology partnership in semiconductor history. Western Digital has also been engaged in more than a half century of HDD R&D and manufacturing in Japan, highlighted by innovative technology breakthroughs leading the industry. For more information, please visit www.westerndigital.com.

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow Japan is honored to be a long-standing contributor since 1952 to the Japanese domestic manufacturing economy and innovation to the global business, and a key partner in promoting more sustainable approaches and solutions, including delivering a sustainable legacy for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Today, the Dow Japan group consists of approximately 900 employees, contributing to the community's sustainable development through science-driven innovation, serving customers in consumer care, infrastructure, mobility, and packaging industries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com.