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Vermeer Corporation

Colm Rafferty is the Vice President – Asia Pacific for Vermeer Corporation and is Chairman of Vermeer China Limited. 

Vermeer is an equipment manufacturer from the Midwest of the United States, with products used for agricultural mechanization, environmental protection, infrastructure development, and non-blast surface mining. Vermeer’s CEO is the 2015 Co-Chair of the B20 Global SME & Entrepreneurship Committee, is a member of President Barack Obama’s Export Council (PEC), and is former Chair of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest industrial trade association in the United States.

Prior to joining Vermeer, Colm was Director of China Distribution Operations for Cummins (NYSE: CMI), with both operational and P&L responsibility for the company-owned distributors. During his time with Cummins, Colm held a variety of leadership roles including Head of Emerging Markets Strategic Planning, where he oversaw the company's strategy & business development efforts in China, India, and Russia. Before joining Cummins, Colm worked for Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), where he was employee #120, and Director of Business Development.

Colm received an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from Brown University. He currently serves on the Yale University Asia Development Council, the Yale School of Management’s Greater China Advisory Board, the Executive Committee of the Beijing Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), and is Vice Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China.