Patrick Powers

Director of Government Affairs at Rockwell Automation

Many of you know me from the time I ran the US-China Business Council in China during and after China’s accession to the WTO.  Additionally, over the past 30 years I’ve had multiple commercial and government affairs leadership roles at global MNCs such as Bechtel, Oxy Petroleum, Cargill, SHV, Rockwell Automation and others.  That includes working at several major JV’s which were in difficult operating environments like rural Shanxi and Liaoning.

Over the years I’ve dealt with China’s senior leadership as well as village chiefs in poor areas of rural China, and all levels in between. That hands-on experience has had a great influence on my approach to managing complex issues such as the relationship between the US and China, which is to proactively address commercial and regulatory matters by engaging in practical, respectful discussions with all stakeholders in order to find mutually acceptable positive outcomes for both our companies and governments.

This is the first time I have run for the Amcham Board of Governors even though I have worked closely with the Chamber’s leadership for many years. The reason for doing so now is that we are at a time of complex transition for both the government and the economy, and I want to contribute my decades of political/commercial experience to the Amcham community in order to help our businesses successfully navigate the changes ahead of us as China’s economy shifts away from its traditional model.

I would be honored to do so if elected to serve.