Elizabeth Dugan Joins Council as Vice President-Operations

(Washington, DC) The US-ASEAN Business Council expanded its senior management team today by announcing the hiring of Elizabeth Dugan as Vice President-Operations and current Vice President Marc Mealy's move to the newly created position of Vice President-Policy.

"We are thrilled to bring on someone with Liz's experience in government and Southeast Asia," said Council President Alexander Feldman. "Her expertise will allow the Council to continue to grow our team, which now includes more than 20 people across six countries."

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In her new position, Dugan will oversee and manage the Council's administration, membership, human resources and event and program management. As part of the Council's senior management team, she will help develop and implement overall strategy and direction of the Council. Dugan brings more than 20 years of experience to the Council including serving as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; being appointed by the White House as Chair of the Finance Committee and a Board Member of the Vietnam Education Foundation; and most recently as Vice President for Programs at the International Republican Institute. Earlier in her career, Dugan served as the Director and head of Public Affairs in the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"As someone who has lived and worked in Southeast Asia, I appreciate the dynamism of the ASEAN region and the opportunities it offers for American economic growth," said Dugan. "I'm excited to be a part of the premiere business advocacy organization for U.S. companies in ASEAN."

Marc Mealy, who has served as the Council's Vice President since 2009, will serve as Vice President-Policy.

"Marc will now be able to bring his full expertise to bear on advocating for the issues that concern U.S. business in the ASEAN region," said Feldman. "Under his leadership, we'll be expanding the Council's engagement with stakeholders across Southeast Asia."

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For over 35 years, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for US corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, the Council's membership, more than 160 companies, generate over $6 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people globally. Members include the largest US companies conducting business in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for over 100 years. The Council has offices in: Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; and Singapore.