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U.S. Commerce Secretary Announces New Appointments to Manufacturing Council

April 12, 2012

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson today announced the appointment of seven new members of the Manufacturing Council–the principal private sector committee advising the Commerce Secretary on the U.S. manufacturing sector. Each of the appointments fills an existing vacancy, and will bring the Council up to a total of 25 members.

“I am pleased to welcome seven new members to the Manufacturing Council, who will help us continue to support U.S. manufacturers building things here and selling them everywhere,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson. “Each of the new appointees brings enormous experience in this critical sector for our economy, and will play an important role in our ability to promote innovation, economic growth, and continue to level the playing field for American manufacturing firms and workers.”

The Manufacturing Council was created to ensure regular communication between the U.S. government and the manufacturing sector and to promote new ideas for continuously improving manufacturing competitiveness. The Council advises the Secretary of Commerce on government policies and programs that affect U.S. manufacturing and provides a forum for proposing solutions to industry-related problems. The Council also works to ensure that the United States remains the preeminent destination for investment in manufacturing throughout the world.

New appointees to the Manufacturing Council are as follows:

  • Gregory Booth, President & Chief Executive Officer, Zippo Manufacturing Company, Pa.
  • Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Cisco Systems, Inc., Calif.
  • Peter Dorsman, Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions Group and Global Operations, NCR, Ga.
  • Dr. Albert Green, CEO, Kent Displays / Improv Electronics, Ohio
  • Mary Ann Hynes, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Corn Products International, Inc., Ill.
  • Joel Lorentzen, Chief Executive Officer and President, Genesis Systems Group LLC, Iowa
  • Roy Sweatman, President, Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Fla.

Manufacturing is a key industry in the revitalization of the U.S. economy and the growth of U.S. jobs. The United States is the world’s largest manufacturing economy, employing nearly 12 million Americans in the production of $1.8 trillion in manufactured products, representing 18 percent of the world’s manufactured goods.

In December 2011, President Obama named Secretary Bryson as co-chair of the White House Office of Manufacturing Policy, which is part of the National Economic Council and works across the federal government to coordinate the execution of manufacturing programs and the development of manufacturing policy. The President also announced the creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership National Program Office, an office housed at the Commerce Department which brings together industry, universities, and all of the federal government to drive investments in emerging manufacturing industries.

For more information, including a full list of Manufacturing Council Members, visit