USA*Engage Welcomes New Chairman Robert W. Haines

Wednesday, 2 July 2003

"Bob Haines is the right person to lead USA*Engage in its campaign to assist U.S. businesses in their efforts abroad," said Bill Reinsch, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Co-Chairman of USA*Engage. "At this crucial time in our history, it has never been more important for U.S. companies to conduct business and strengthen relationships all over the world. No one understands this better than Bob Haines, whose expertise in international business affairs will be critical to the future success of USA*Engage."

A coalition of over 670 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations, USA*Engage works to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. USA*Engage has lead a campaign to inform policy-makers, opinion-leaders, and the public about the counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions, the importance of exports and overseas investment for American competitiveness and jobs, and the role of American companies in promoting human rights and democracy world wide.

"I look forward to working with USA*Engage to strengthen our business ties in the international arena," said Haines. "We must continue to build on the momentum that it is foreign engagement - not unilateral sanctions - that will drive the worldwide economy forward in this century."

As a 22-year employee of the Exxon Mobil Corporation, Haines has extensive knowledge of international trade issues. His current portfolio includes the regions of Asia, Eurasia, Australia and the Asian Pacific. Haines is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Northwestern School of Law.

Mr. Haines will replace Halliburton executive Don Deline, whose term as USA*Engage Chairman expired this year. Deline had served as Chairman since 2000.

"We will always be grateful to Don Deline for his years of commitment and his tireless efforts for the goals of USA*Engage," Reinsch also stated. "We hope that he will continue to give his valuable guidance to the organization and to its new Chairman in the coming years."

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of over 670 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. For more information on USA*ENGAGE and the harmful effects of unilateral trade sanctions, visit the USA*ENGAGE web site at www.usaengage.org.

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