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Former U.S. Commerce Official Joins GWSB Faculty

Suresh Kumar

Suresh Kumar, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s former assistant secretary for trade promotion and director general for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS), is joining GWSB as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Business.

In his role in the Obama administration, Kumar was responsible for stewarding the nation’s exports and network of trades specialists.  The USFCS – the trade promotion arm of the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration – has trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and more than 75 countries to help U.S. companies start exporting or increase sales in global markets.

“I am delighted to join the GW team,” Kumar said. “Leveraging the schools unique assets at the intersection of business, government and society to develop next generation leaders endowed with new business approaches and enhancing global competiveness is always energizing.”

Dean Doug Guthrie said Kumar’s hiring illustrates the School’s commitment to bringing in experts from business and government who can make business education more practical and relevant for students. Earlier this year, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a series of lectures at GWSB on the central bank’s role in U.S. history.

“Suresh Kumar is uniquely qualified to shape emerging dialogue, meld policy with practice and bring the latest learning to our students,” Guthrie said. “We are thrilled to have him working with us.”

Under Kumar’s leadership, the USFCS more than doubled facilitated exports, job creation and return on investment – bringing in $215 in facilitated exports for every dollar invested. Changes initiated during his tenure resulted in the USFCS assisting over 20,000 companies in export-related transactions and collaborations.

Posted by gwsb on July 3, 2012 | Filed under: GWSB News.


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