WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, December 14, 2018, the Atlantic Council and PZU SA signed a multi-year strategic partnership agreement at the Council’s Annual Forum in Washington DC. PZU, a publicly-traded Polish insurance company, is the largest insurance group in Poland and stands among the largest financial institutions in Central Europe. Through this partnership, PZU will support the Council’s celebration of 100 years of US-Polish partnership and invest in the growing strategic alliance and economic bonds between the US and Poland.
This agreement is a pillar of the Council’s “100 Years Together” campaign, an Atlantic Council investment in Poland rooted in common values, shared interests, and commitment to a strong transatlantic community of freedom. This agreement is also a critical element of the Council’s Central Europe Initiative, aimed at mobilizing our alliance, developing and implementing strategies to bolster Central Europe, and reinvesting in the special ties between the US and the region.
“The Atlantic Council’s enduring mission is working with allies to secure the future, but we cannot execute our vision alone and those allies include leading companies,” said Atlantic Council President and Chief Executive Officer Frederick Kempe. “Central Europe—with Poland at the helm—has the potential to be a major powerhouse driving economic growth, innovative policy, and bold ideas for the future—and partners such as PZU are crucial in helping us meet this century’s challenges.”
As part of its reinvestment in Central Europe, the Council is organizing several key projects with PZU, including:
- Partnering with PZU to promote the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) to advance cross-border energy, transportation, and telecom infrastructure projects critical to Central’s Europe’s economic growth and integration within the European Union. The Council and PZU will work to foster deeper US strategic and economic ties to this region, including through the encouragement of American private sector participation in 3SI projects.
- Partnering with PZU to support an annual investment conference in the United States to strengthen the US-Poland economic relationship and advance thinking on the role of business and investment in Central and Eastern Europe. This event will convene top business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, opinion-shapers, and decision-makers.
- Supporting PZU’s efforts to be an industry leader in Central and Eastern Europe.
“I am delighted to solidify this new and important partnership with the Atlantic Council,” said Paweł Surówka, Chief Executive Officer of PZU SA. “This is a very important time for the US and Poland to continue cooperation, and I look forward to working with the Council to complement and reinforce the strategic narrative of the economic success story of Poland and the entire region of Central and Eastern Europe.”
WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council announced today that John F.W. Rogers, a Goldman Sachs executive and government service veteran, has been elected as Chairman of its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2019. Rogers succeeds General James L. Jones USMC (ret.), who served as Atlantic Council Chairman from 2007 to 2009 and again since 2017.
Rogers has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, as a key figure in management in the executive branch, as a leader in the financial services industry, and as trustee or chairman of some of the nation’s most important non-profit institutions.
Said General Jones, who will remain on the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council board as Executive Chairman Emeritus, “John wants to make a contribution that affects our national destiny and our leadership role in the world, and he has the rich skills to do so. That he believes that the Atlantic Council is the place where he would like to make that contribution is a compliment to all of us.”
Said Atlantic Council President/CEO Frederick Kempe: “John brings to us a unique understanding of the interaction between global financial and political landscapes. We are fortunate that he will share his tireless commitment to public service and constructive US leadership with us at this crucial historic moment.”
Rogers currently serves as Executive Vice President of Goldman Sachs and Secretary to the Board of Directors. He oversees Executive Administration and is responsible for the firm’s corporate affairs functions, including public, investor and government relations, as well as corporate engagement. Rogers previously served as Under Secretary of State for Management at the US Department of State from 1991 to 1993. Earlier, Mr. Rogers served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury from 1985 to 1987 and as an Assistant to the President of the United States at the White House from 1981 to 1985.
“I am honored that the Atlantic Council has entrusted me with this position at this critical moment in the organization’s history” said Rogers. “We live in an era of unprecedented change and disruption. The Atlantic Council’s mission of ‘working together to secure the future’ has seldom been more important. I look forward to working with the Atlantic Council’s extraordinary board of directors, leadership, and team to advance its cause.”
Mr. Rogers has broad interests outside of business. He serves as a life trustee and treasurer of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Board of the White House Historical Association, and Vice Chairman of the Board of the American Academy in Rome.
The Search Committee, led by Atlantic Council Executive Vice Chairs Adrienne Arsht and Stephen Hadley, included candidates from many diverse backgrounds.
Said Arsht, “The search committee spent considerable time looking for the best candidate to lead the Atlantic Council’s board. In John F.W. Rogers, we have found that leader."
"John has a rich blend of experience in the private and public sectors" said Hadley. "He has the integrity, expertise and skill to join us in our mission to work with our global partners and allies to shape the future.”
Linscott will lead the South Asia Center’s US-India Trade Initiative, aimed at convening thought leadership and policy-makers in an effort to maintain focus on the importance of a burgeoning trade relationship between the United States and India.
“Mark’s addition to our team will be a significant boost given the rapid development of the Trump Administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council CEO and President. “This will build further upon our commitment so the South Asian region and, in particular, the growth of US-Indian trade relations.”
As USTR for South and Central Asian Affairs, Linscott was responsible for the development of the United States’ trade policy with countries comprising the South and Central Asia region.
Linscott also led efforts in the bilateral Trade Policy Forum with India, and in the Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFAs) with Central Asia, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. An expert in international trade and policy, Linscott also previously served as Assistant USTR for the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Multilateral Affairs, where he coordinated US trade policies in the WTO, OECD, G20, and directed related free trade agreement negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
“I am excited to bring my years of experience as a trade negotiator to the work of the Atlantic Council, particularly its efforts to strengthen and broaden the bilateral relationship between the United States and India,” said Linscott.
Among the Atlantic Council’s thirteen regional and thematic centers, the South Asia Center serves as the Atlantic Council's focal point for work on greater South Asia as well as its relations between these countries, the neighboring regions, Europe, and the United States. It seeks to foster partnerships with key institutions in the region to establish itself as a forum for dialogue between decision-makers in South Asia, the United States, and NATO, and continues to "wage peace" in the region.