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U.S. Commerce Department Brings on Former Clinton Administration Official and Senior Microsoft Manager to Lead Policy Office

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The U.S. Commerce Department today announced that Malcolm R. Lee will be joining the agency as Counselor to the Secretary and Director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning.  In this position, he will be the lead policy advisor to the Secretary and manage department-wide policy initiatives and strategic planning, in support of President Obama’s efforts to support job creation and business growth through aggressive trade promotion, enhancing U.S. competitiveness and fostering innovation.

Prior to joining Commerce, Lee was General Manager for Policy, Strategy and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft China in Beijing, where he led a policy, regulatory, government and community affairs team responsible for positioning the company to compete effectively in China.  Lee served in the Clinton administration, where he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy (2000-2001), Director and Special Assistant to the President for International Trade and Economic Policy at the National Economic Council (1996-2000) and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs (1993-1996).  He staffed President Clinton in multiple meetings with heads of state and on visits to China, Japan and South Korea.  With extensive experience in both the public and private sector, Lee is an expert on issues related to competitiveness, innovation, trade promotion, intellectual property protection and U.S.-China relations.

“Malcolm’s record and success in government and the private sector, along with his international experience, give him instant credibility and a deep understanding of the issues businesses face working to grow and create jobs,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said.  “His leadership will be critical as we work to promote U.S. exports and help American businesses become more innovative at home and competitive abroad.” 

Lee is also an elected governor of the American Chamber of Commerce China and a board member of USITO, an association representing the U.S. technology industry in China.  He received his B.A. cum laude from Yale College and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.