Sydney, Australia (PressExposure) October 18, 2013 -- On October 15 2013 Mr Niels Marquardt joined The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham-Australia) as its new CEO.
Marquardt recently completed his final diplomatic assignment as U.S. Consul General in Sydney, responsible for Queensland and New South Wales. This capped a 33-year career as an American diplomat, including assignments as U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea - all countries in which he helped found new American Chambers of Commerce. Additionally, he has worked extensively with AmChams in prior economic assignments to France, Germany, Thailand, and the Congo.
Marquardt stresses that Australia remains the largest location for US investment in the entire Asia/Pacific region, outpacing opportunities in other larger and faster growing countries. Indeed, when both investment and trade are considered, the United States remains Australia's leading economic partner by a wide margin. In taking the reins at Amcham, Marquardt intends to spur further growth in these business links between the two countries.
"Marquardt's knowledge of trade and investment will be vital to the work that AmCham already conducts in that area. We see the synergy between his appointment and our strategic mission providing great benefit to our members, and the Australian and US economies. We are pleased and excited to welcome Niels to AmCham and know that he will lead the Chamber into even greater success," said Ian Thomas, President of Boeing Australia and current President of the AmCham-Australia Board.
AmCham is Australia's largest and most active international Chamber of Commerce. AmCham provides assistance to US and Australian companies and work to promote trade, commerce and investment between Australia and the US and in the Asia Pacific region.
Founded in 1961, the Chamber's seeks to promote the two-way flow of trade and investment, primarily between the United States and Australia, and to help business links with other countries, and to provide information on trade and business activities to its members.