The United States welcomes the appointment of Ms. Marija Zivanovic-Smith, Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communications at NCR Corporation, and Mr. Scott Price, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Walmart International, to the United States Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC). Ms. Zivanovic-Smith and Mr. Price will join current U.S. ABAC member Dr. Richard Cantor, Moody’s Corporation, and will replace Ms. Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Microsoft, and Mr. Bart Peterson, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Communications at Eli Lilly and Company, at the end of the year.
These American business executives will join their ABAC counterparts from other APEC economies to advise APEC Leaders on issues affecting the continued growth of the region’s economy. ABAC, created in 1995, consists of three business representatives from each APEC economy. ABAC meets throughout the year to discuss policy recommendations, undertake activities to promote trade and investment, and reports annually to the Leaders.
Ms. Zivanovic-Smith leads a global team as the Vice President of Corporate Marketing, Communications and Government Relations at NCR Corporation and serves as Chief of Staff to NCR’s Chairman and CEO. She is responsible for strategy formulation, developing a strong culture of innovation, promoting a consistent global brand, and positioning NCR as trusted advisor to policy and community leaders worldwide. In 2013, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Industry Council, an advocacy and policy organization for the world’s leading innovation companies. Prior to joining NCR, Ms. Zivanovic-Smith spent over seven years leading government and public policy projects with IBM.
Mr. Price is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Walmart International, a fast-growing segment of Walmart’s overall operations with more than 6,300 stores in 27 countries outside of the United States. He served as president and chief executive officer of Walmart Asia from 2014 to 2016. Before joining Walmart, Mr. Price served as Chief Executive Officer of DHL Express Europe and DHL Express Asia Pacific, and President of DHL Express Japan. Before joining DHL, he spent a decade with Coca-Cola Co. Since 2013 he has served as the chairman of the National Center for APEC, the only U.S. business association focused exclusively on facilitating American private sector input to APEC.
APEC is the premier organization for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade, and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. Under the APEC structure, the United States and 20 other of the world’s leading economies come together to facilitate regional economic integration through trade and investment liberalization, and tackle a wide range of issues critical to ensuring regional prosperity and economic growth.
Source: U.S. State Department.