May 16, 2011
News Release 11-051
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


Deanna Tanner Okun, Chairman of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), announced today that James R. Holbein has been named Secretary to the Commission. Holbein will manage the Commission's public meetings and hearings and oversee the filing and maintenance of the agency's official records.

Holbein has served as Acting Secretary since March 2011. He has supervised the USITC's Docket Services operations since joining the agency in 2008 and was named Director of the Office of Docket Services when that office was established in 2010.

Prior to joining the USITC, Holbein was President of Global Trade Consulting LLC, managing projects for start-up companies in the cyber security and environmental technology sectors. He also provided services involving regional integration, international trade policy, and alternative dispute resolution to governments, companies, and non-government organizations. In addition, he participated on several panels under North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Chapter 19, where he reviewed appeals of antidumping and countervailing duty determinations by NAFTA government agencies.

Previously, Holbein served for 10 years as the U.S. Secretary of the NAFTA Secretariat at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he managed an international trade dispute settlement process. Prior to that, he was a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State for 10 years, serving in Korea and Norway.

Holbein holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a juris doctor degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia. He resides in Burke, VA, with his wife and two sons.

The USITC is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices, such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement.

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