Kenneth Hyatt Confirmed as CHT Exchange Thursday Morning Keynote

Thursday Morning Keynote: Kenneth E. Hyatt

Acting Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration

Kenneth E. Hyatt serves as Acting Under Secretary for International Trade. In this capacity, he leads the International Trade Administration (ITA), which participates in the development of U.S. trade policy; identifies and resolves market access and compliance issues; promotes American competitiveness and the strength of U.S. companies in the global economy; administers U.S. trade laws; and undertakes a range of trade promotion and trade advocacy efforts.  He also oversees the daily operations of ITA, which has an annual budget of $456 million and more than 2,200 employees worldwide.  

Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Hyatt directed the Department of Commerce’s efforts to enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. services industries, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services.  In that capacity he led efforts to develop trade policies, initiatives and programs aimed at ensuring the long term competitiveness of the U.S. services industry. 

Prior to joining the Commerce Department in May 2010, Mr. Hyatt was a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of a consulting firm, CMPartners,  where he served as an advisor to private and public sector organizations engaged in significant negotiations, conflicts, change efforts, and alliances/relationships. Prior to founding CMPartners, Mr. Hyatt worked as a management consultant for several other consulting firms including Bain & Company in its Boston, London and Munich offices.  He has advised leading private sector organizations in the automotive, banking, consumer goods, entertainment, insurance and travel and tourism sectors.

Mr. Hyatt received his BA from Yale College, his JD from Harvard Law School and was a Fulbright Scholar.