Seward L. Jones, Jr. (Skip Jones)
Executive Director, Europe and Eurasia
International Trade Administration,
U.S. Department of Commerce
Since October 1, 2013, Mr. Jones is responsible for overall coordination of the trade policy and trade promotion work for the Europe and Eurasian regions within the Global Markets unit of the International Trade Administration. The Mission of Global Markets is to assist and advocate for U.S. businesses in international markets to foster U.S. economic prosperity. Using its staff around the United States, in Washington and in countries around the world, Global Markets promotes U.S. exports, especially among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), advances and protects U.S. commercial interests overseas and attracts inward investment into the United States.
In this capacity, he oversees programs developed and implemented by staff in three Headquarters Offices and in 34 overseas posts throughout Europe and Eurasia. On the policy side, the Europe/Eurasia team works to open foreign markets for U.S. exporters and investors. Mr. Jones is a co-coordinator of the work of the Department of Commerce in support of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations with the European Union. On the trade and investment promotion side, the Europe/Eurasia team works with the overseas offices to connect export-ready U.S. companies, particularly SMEs, to foreign markets and buyers, and to expand foreign investment into the United States by promoting our country as a prime investment destination.
In his previous assignment, Skip served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Agreements and Compliance, overseeing ITA’s work in support of the WTO Doha Round and the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations and other multilateral trade and investment policy initiatives. His staff also led ITA efforts in the negotiation of Bilateral Investment Treaties and managed ITA’s program to ensure foreign government compliance with existing trade agreements, making trade agreements work for American workers and firms. He also oversaw an office working to empower U.S. business, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to secure and enforce their intellectual property rights at home and abroad.
A member of the Senior Executive Service, Skip is a graduate of the University of Delaware and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also studied in Marburg, Germany on a Rotary Scholarship.
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