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John Frisbie - Great Decisions

John Frisbie

John Frisbie, president of the US-China Business Council (USCBC) since 2004, has more than 30 years of experience in business and government relations with China, including nearly 10 years living and working in Beijing. Frisbie started his career with USCBC in 1986, first working in USCBC’s Washington, DC, office, then as director of China Operations in Beijing from 1988 to 1993. He joined the General Electric Co. (GE) in 1993 as director for Business Development in China for the company’s diverse set of businesses, and then moved to Singapore in 1996 to assume Asia-wide positions for two GE business units. Frisbie repatriated to the United States in 2000, joining the trade consulting practice established by former Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP. His China background includes mergers and acquisitions, commercial negotiations, operating best practices and execution, strategy development, trade and investment consulting, policy analysis and advocacy, US and Chinese government relations, and media relations. He has spoken at numerous conferences and events, and appears frequently in national and local print and television media, in the US and China. Frisbie received his BA and MBA degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese. He, his wife, and two children live in Bethesda, Maryland.