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Darla Moore School of Business

International Strategy in an Era of Trade Uncertainty

The Folks Center for International Business presents

International Strategy in an Era of Trade Uncertainty
A Forum
Thursday, April 18, 2019
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Darla Moore School of Business


John Murphy

John G. Murphy directs the U.S. Chamber’s advocacy relating to international trade and investment policy. Since joining the chamber in 1999, Murphy has led its successful campaigns to win congressional passage of trade agreements with a dozen nations, including Colombia, Panama, and South Korea in 2011, as well as Trade Promotion Authority in 2015. Murphy also plays a key role in the chamber’s advocacy for international business priorities before Congress, the administration, foreign governments and the World Trade Organization.

From 2001 to 2008, Murphy served as the chamber’s vice president for western hemisphere affairs and as executive vice president of the association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA). In 2008, he received
AACCLA’s Eagle of the Americas award, which is given annually to the individual who has “done the most to advance our mission of increased trade and investment between the United States and Latin America.”

In the 1990s, Murphy worked at the International Republican Institute (IRI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of democracy overseas, and at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), which champions market-oriented economic reform around the world. From 1992 to 1993, he was the first Western lecturer in economics at the National University of Economics in Czechoslovakia.

Murphy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he received his Master of Science degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He serves on the boards of the Global Business Dialogue, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the Washington International Trade Foundation. He is fluent in Spanish.

Wendy Cutler

Wendy Cutler joined the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) as vice president in November 2015. She also serves as the managing director of the Washington D.C. office. In these roles, she focuses on building ASPI’s presence in Washington — strengthening its outreach as a think/do tank — and on leading initiatives that address challenges related to trade and investment, as well as women’s empowerment in Asia. She joined ASPI following an illustrious career of nearly three decades as a diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Most recently, she served as Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, working on a range of U.S. trade negotiations and initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. In that capacity she was responsible for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, including the bilateral negotiations with Japan. She also was the chief negotiator to the U.S.-Korea (Korus) Free Trade Agreement. 

Cutler received her master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University.

Jim Barber

Jim Barber is UPS’s chief operating officer, with responsibility for the company’s global small package, freight, supply chain and freight forwarding units and engineering. 

Prior to his current role, Barber served as president of UPS International since 2013 with responsibility for distribution, forwarding, small-package delivery, brokerage and customs compliance. He assumed responsibility for the supply chain and freight forwarding units in 2015. Barber also led UPS's growing investment in emerging markets, including the creation of the ISMEA operating district to capture opportunities in south-to-south trade in the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Africa.

Barber previously served as president of UPS Europe, helping oversee the second wave of international expansion for UPS that first began in the mid-1990s. Drawing upon his experience in UPS's Mergers and Acquisitions Group, he oversaw several key acquisitions and integrations. 

Barber has held positions of increasing responsibility in finance, accounting and operations management located in the U.S., United Kingdom, Belgium and Germany. He joined UPS as a delivery driver in 1985. He holds a degree in finance from Auburn University. 

Barber also serves as a trustee of The UPS Foundation, is on the boards of UNICEF USA and the Folks Center for International Business at UofSC, and is a UPS delegate at the World Economic Forum. In 2018, Barber was awarded the British-American Business Corporate Citizenship Award in recognition of his exceptional commitment to corporate citizenship.

George Jurch III

George R. Jurch III joined Continental in December 2000 as senior counsel for the Commercial Legal Affairs Department. In July 2006, he was promoted to general counsel for Continental Automotive for the U.S. and Canada. In December 2007, he was promoted to general counsel for the Americas for Continental. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the law, intellectual property, compliance, government affairs and corporate security functions for Continental in the Americas. In February 2017, Jurch was given additional responsibility in the Law Department for three global expert teams: digitalization, OE relations and product liability/product integrity.

Jurch began his legal career at Ruff, Bond, Cobb, Wade and McNair in Charlotte, North Carolina. He then joined Food Lion, where he became assistant general counsel. Jurch has sat on the Board of Governors for the Legal Issues Council at the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) and was the chairperson in 2007. He has been on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg YMCA Indian Guides. Jurch currently sits on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Communities in Schools for Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the Make a Wish Foundation for Central and Western North Carolina, the Folks Center for International Business at UofSC and the UofSC Law School. Jurch’s major responsibilities have included mergers and acquisitions and large commercial litigation.

Jurch earned a bachelor's degree in finance and marketing from the UofSC Honors College. He also earned his J.D. and MBA from UofSC, and he currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Discussion will focus on the shifts that have occurred in the global trading sphere and the subsequent impact those shifts have had on U.S. trade policy and practices.

Free and open to UofSC students, faculty, staff and the public.

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