Olin L. Wethington

Nonresident Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Olin Wethington

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Global Business & Economics, Trade Policy, US-China relations


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Olin Wethington is a nonresident fellow at Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. He is the founder and chairman of Wethington International LLC, an investment and business advisory firm focused on advising institutions on capital investment, financial structure, and business strategy in emerging markets.

He previously served as chairman, AIG Companies in China, with responsibilities for the operation and expansion of AIG’s business in China, including the broadening of its financial services platform in China.

Wethington has also held a number of positions in the US government, including: special envoy on China; counselor to the secretary of the US Treasury; director, economic policy, Coalition Provisional Authority (Baghdad, Iraq); assistant secretary for international affairs, US Treasury; special assistant to the President and executive secretary of the Economic Policy Council, White House; and deputy under secretary for International Trade, US Department of Commerce.

Wethington was previously a partner at Steptoe & Johnson (Washington, DC). He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees of the George C. Marshall Foundation, the Board of Directors of the International Republican Institute, and the Council on Global Financial Regulation. He is a recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest honor of the US Department of the Treasury.