The Honorable William Zarit advises major Chinese companies how to navigate the U.S. investment market, and helps U.S. multinationals working in the Chinese commercial environment. He is Senior Counselor at The Cohen Group, and serves as Chairman of the Board for the American Chamber of Commerce in China.
Until May 2014 Mr. Zarit was Minister for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, overseeing the U.S. Department of Commerce’s trade and investment promotion and trade policy activities in its operations in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang. He achieved the Career Minister rank for his work.
Prior to his posting to Beijing, Mr. Zarit was Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Operations, for the U.S. Commercial Service, overseeing Commercial Sections in U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. Prior to that Mr. Zarit served as the U.S. Commercial Service’s Regional Director for East Asia/Pacific. He previously served as Senior Commercial Officer (SCO) at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Deputy SCO at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing as well as the American Institute in Taiwan.
Before joining the U.S. Commercial Service Mr. Zarit was Economic and Commercial Program Officer for the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in New York. Prior to that he served as Marketing Manager in China for Pacific Bell’s international subsidiary, preceded by his work as Project Manager in Beijing for China Business Associates, the first IBM PC dealer in China. Mr. Zarit also served as Mandarin Chinese Interpreter for the U.S. State Department Language Services.
He earned an M.B.A. with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.