GBA Announces CEO Leadership Council

Last summer, GBA launched the CEO Leadership Council, a new initiative to raise the collective voice of international companies to the highest levels of government. The biannual invitation-only event seeks to ensure that policymakers do not overlook the pressing issues faced by U.S. subsidiaries. The U.S. CEOs of GBA members possess a unique perspective and critical understanding of the challenges facing our nation. These executives will come to Washington, D.C. twice this year to meet with the highest levels of government to tell the important FDI story and discuss pressing macroeconomic issues. This year’s CEO Leadership Council consists of companies from a mix of different industries, globally headquartered in 11 countries.

The members of the 2023 CEO Leadership Council are:

  • Pedro Azagra, Chief Executive Officer, AVANGRID
  • Michael Heinz, Chairman and CEO, BASF Corporation, North America
  • Jean-Yves Fillion, Chief Executive Officer, BNP Paribas USA
  • Yoshiyuki Uemura, President, Daikin U.S. Corporation
  • Hugh Welsh, President, DSM North America
  • Enrico Viale, Chief Executive Officer, Enel North America
  • Anish Melwani, Chairman & CEO, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
  • David Fass, Head of Macquarie Asset Management Americas, Macquarie Asset Management
  • Lakshmanan Chidambaram, President, Mahindra Group
  • Lawrence Loh, President, MediaTek USA
  • Rene Garza, President, Novozymes North America
  • Megan Myungwon Lee, Chairwoman and CEO, Panasonic Corporation North America
  • Traci Fiatte, CEO North America, Randstad
  • Annette Clayton, Chief Executive Officer, Schneider Electric North America
  • Alan Pellegrini, Chief Executive Officer, Thales North America
  • Kristof Terryn, Chief Executive Officer, Zurich North America

Last year, the council’s meetings with Biden-Harris Administration officials and Republican congressional leaders focused on increasing global investment in America, addressing supply chain challenges, passing the CHIPS for America Act, implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, opportunities for public-private partnerships and advanced manufacturing workforce development initiatives.

To date, the CEO Leadership Council has met with:

  • Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo
  • Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg
  • Department of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen
  • Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm
  • United States Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai
  • White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients
  • White House Senior Advisor & Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu
  • Chief of Staff to President Biden Ron Klain
  • Senior Advisor to the President for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation John Podesta
  • White House Public Engagement Director Stephen Benjamin
  • Director of the National Economic Council of the United States Brian Deese
  • Director of the National Economic Council of the United States Lael Brainard
  • Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) 
  • Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN)
  • Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)
  • Senator Todd Young (R-IN) 
  • Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)
  • Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE)