WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today named Steve Van Andel chairman of its Board of Directors. Van Andel, chairman of Amway, will serve a one-year term.
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"Steve embodies the free enterprise system that the Chamber works so hard to advance and protect," U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. "Steve has proven himself to be a tireless leader on global trade, competitiveness, and many issues of interest to the business community. We look forward to continuing to work with him to elevate job creators, entrepreneurs, and innovators around the world."
As chairman of Amway, Van Andel is responsible for managing the company's daily operations and has led the business to become a stronger, more diverse competitor in the new economy. Before becoming chairman in 1995, Van Andel was Amway's vice president in charge of the company's business operations in North and South America. Additionally, he held the position of vice president of marketing.
Van Andel served a previous one-year term as chairman of the U.S. Chamber ending June 12, 2002, and was then chairman of the board's Executive Committee. He will continue to act as vice chairman of the Chamber's U.S.-Korea Business Council and work to advance an expanded trade agenda as Chairman of the Board.
"I'm a very strong proponent of more businesses getting involved around the globe," Van Andel said. "It doesn't matter the size of the business—small, medium, or large. Promoting trade in any part of the world will continue to be a top priority of mine."
A Michigan native, Van Andel dedicates a great deal of his time to supporting the continued advancement of downtown Grand Rapids and the West Michigan region. He serves on the board of directors of The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Metropolitan Health Corporation, Metropolitan Hospital Foundation, and the Van Andel Institute, a major health research center. He also serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University and is a member of Business Leaders for Michigan.
Van Andel earned a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, and is a member of the school's board of trustees. He earned an M.B.A. in marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
SOURCE US Chamber of Commerce
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