The Foreign Service Journal - January/February 2014 - page 55

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I recently met one-on-one
with John Anderson, the
Foreign Commercial Ser-
vice’s new principal deputy
assistant secretary for global
markets. As many of you may
not know John, I thought I
would share a few insights I
gleaned from the meeting.
John sits in a new, mission-
critical position overseeing
our entire field structure in
all five regions (and several
staff offices). Nearly 1,500
Full-Time-Equivalent employ-
ees report, at least indirectly,
to him.
John is a long-time Inter-
national Trade Administration
Off to a Strong and Healthy Start
executive who has worked
his way up through the ranks
from desk officer, Uruguay
Round negotiator and office
director to principal deputy
assistant secretary. He
knows the meaning of hard
work and the important
role advancement plays in a
healthy organization.
John’s oft-repeated use
of terms such as “coop-
eration,”“collaboration” and
“teamwork” is a healthy and
positive sign of things to
come. Together, John and
Acting Director General Judy
Reinke have been convening
multiple meetings in an effort
to address the many needs
and desires of our stakehold-
ers during this once-every-
30-years transformation.
When I met John, he
had just finished prepping
for upcoming testimony on
Capitol Hill, had been to the
White House for an impor-
tant briefing that afternoon
and was heading to another
meeting down the hall in the
under secretary’s office. I find
it meaningful, that with all
that he has on his plate, he
made the time to meet with
me on short notice.
As for the future, John is
making a concerted effort to
reach out to officers in the
field. He met some of you at
the recent Select USA event
and met others while in Los
Angeles at the America’s
Business Forum. It is my
understanding that during
that event John went out of
his way to spend quality time
with a number of officers,
sharing his insights into the
new organization’s mission,
vision and value statement.
At the close of our meet-
ing, John was careful to ask,
“How’s it (the reorganiza-
tion) going?” and “What can
I do to make things better?”
With that kind of attitude, the
reorg is off to a strong and
healthy start.
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