Background update:Jan 11, 2011

USAPEEC names new VP for Int'l. Trade Policy

Eric Trachtenberg has begun his duties as vice president for international trade at the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC).

Trachtenberg comes to USAPEEC from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, where he spent 15 years in a variety of positions, both in Washington and abroad. In this new position at the council, Trachtenberg will work closely with President Jim Sumner and USAPEEC members and staff on trade policy issues.

“USAPEEC has worked closely with Eric throughout his FAS career in many of our key markets, including China, Russia and Taiwan,” said USAPEEC President Jim Sumner. “His experience will help us to address our ongoing trade issues, which seem to be growing by the week. I’m looking forward to working with Eric. He brings additional insight to our team, and we’re excited to have him on board.”

“I am very pleased and honored to join the USAPEEC family. I look forward to working with all our members as we address the market access issues that challenge our industry,” Trachtenberg said.

Before he joined USAPEEC on Sept. 1, Trachtenberg was posted in Beijing with FAS for three years. He served for two years as director of the US Agricultural Trade Office and for a year was senior agricultural attaché in the Office of Agricultural Affairs at the US Embassy.

From 2001-05, Trachtenberg was deputy chief of the Agricultural Affairs Section at the American Institute in Taiwan, and from 1998-2001 he was assigned to the Office of Agricultural Affairs at the US Embassy in Moscow.

Trachtenberg joined FAS in 1995, where he worked in Washington on agricultural trade policy issues and World Trade Organization accession negotiations. Prior to his career at FAS, Trachtenberg worked in the US House of Representatives, the Environmental Protection Agency, and on the Taiwan stock market.

Trachtenberg is fluent in Russian and speaks Chinese.

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