For Immediate Release: March 5, 2012
Contact: Lorri Crowley (202) 482-3809
International Trade Administration Names Matthew Murray Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia
WASHINGTON – Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance Michael C. Camuñez today announced that Matthew Murray, an expert in Russian affairs and a strong leader in promoting good governance and anticorruption, will join the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia on March 12.
Murray will be responsible for recommending, developing, and implementing policies and programs that promote U.S. economic and commercial relations with 52 European countries. He will also lead the Department of Commerce’s efforts to help solve trade policy and market access issues facing U.S. firms engaged in commercial activity throughout Europe and Eurasia.
“Matthew will bring deep expertise and years of important experience working throughout Europe and Eurasia in the public and private sectors and in civil society,” said Camuñez. “In particular, his deep expertise on Russia will be especially valuable as we deepen our commercial engagement there as the country accedes to the World Trade Organization.”
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Murray most recently served as President of Sovereign Ventures, Inc., a risk management firm he founded to advise multinational corporations and multilateral institutions on how to reduce governance and corruption risk in Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe.
Murray previously served as chair of the Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance in Moscow, and co-chaired the U.S.-Russia Working Group on Anti-Corruption and Institutional Integrity, an organization of U.S. and Russian non-government organizations formed at the behest of President Obama and President Medvedev to help the two nations cooperate to counter the transnational threat of corruption. In 2004, Murray co-authored the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Business Ethics: A Manual for Managing a Responsible Business Enterprise in Emerging Market Economies, which was published in Russian, Chinese and Spanish.
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