John M. Andersen
Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere
U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
As DAS for the Western Hemisphere, Mr. Andersen is responsible for developing programs, policies and strategies designed to strengthen the United States' commercial position in the Western Hemisphere. Mr. Andersen is also serving as the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Markets at the International Trade Administration which assists and advocates for U.S. businesses in international markets. In this capacity he is responsible for overseeing both market access and commercial issues and leading staff in over 100 U.S. locations and in over 70 countries. Prior to this position, Mr. Andersen was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Market Access and Compliance unit. He also served as Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs in the former Market Access and Compliance unit in the International Trade Administration. He has been involved in a number of major international and bilateral negotiations, including the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, and Free Trade Negotiations with Canada, Chile, Central America and the Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia, and Panama. He was a key member of the President’s Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba.
He also served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for AD/CVD Operations in ITA’s former unit, Import Administration which is now part of the newly created Enforcement and Compliance unit. He was responsible for implementing and enforcing U.S. trade enforcement provisions. As Acting DAS, he managed an organization with approximately 175 employees and an annual budget in excess of $20 million. In 2005, Mr. Andersen served on detail to the Department of State, Office of Summit Coordination where, as a member of the 2005 Summit of the Americas Team, he negotiated key elements of the Summit Plan of Action.
Mr. Andersen is also the current Chairman of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) SME Working Group for the 2015-2016 APEC years.
He has received three Department of Commerce Silver Medals, the Department’s second highest honor. Mr. Andersen has a Masters of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in history from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
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