Eugene K. Lawson
Eugene K. Lawson, former head of the U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC), has more than 30 years of experience in international affairs and economics. For 15 years, Mr. Lawson led the USRBC, one of the most powerful business organizations bridging the two countries with more than 300 U.S. companies with business interests in Russia and a smaller, but growing, number of Russian companies with U.S. interests. Under his leadership, the USRBC became one of the nation''s premier trade organizations devoted to promoting the commercial relationship between the United States and Russia.
He previously served at the Department of Labor as deputy under secretary of labor for international affairs; at the Department of Commerce as deputy assistant secretary of commerce for East Asia and the Pacific and as deputy assistant secretary of commerce for East-West trade; and at the U.S. Department of State as staff assistant and special assistant to the secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific, and deputy director of the Office of Special and Bilateral Affairs. He was U.S. ambassador to the International Labor Organization in Geneva; member of the board of directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; and acting chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
In June 2003, Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar awarded Mr. Lawson the Nunn-Lugar medal, and in July of 2007, he received the Order of Friendship from Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
Mr. Lawson was an executive director in the Washington, D.C., office of Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc., an international executive recruiting firm. He was director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, director of the Program for China Studies, a professional lecturer at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a guest fellow at the Brookings Institution. Mr. Lawson serves on the executive committee of the board for the Eurasia Foundation and Legg Mason Trust, among others.