Sunil Bharti Mittal Appointed Honorary Chairman Of International Chamber Of Commerce

The International Chamber of Commerce today announced that Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises will step down as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Chair having worked towards promoting rules-based policy-making to enable inclusive trade, innovation and job-creation on behalf of more than 6 million members worldwide.

Sunil served as ICC Chair since June 15, 2016, and prior to that as ICC First Vice-Chair (2015 -2016) and Vice-Chair (2013-2015). He will assume the role of ICC Honorary Chair commencing July 1, 2018. Mr Mittal was the third business leader from India in the history of ICC to be appointed as the Chairman of ICC. Mittal will be succeeded by Paul Polman, CEO- Unilever as ICC Chairman and Ajay Banga, President & CEO MasterCard as the next ICC First Vice-Chair.

Commenting on the leadership change, ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton said: “Sunil’s business acumen and leadership on some of the most pertinent business issues of our time have resulted in significant milestones for ICC, extending our reach & influence and making business work for everyone, everywhere. I now look forward to building on these achievements when he assumes the role of ICC Honorary Chair.”

ICC accomplished several landmark achievements in Sunil Bharti Mittal’s tenure. On April 19, 2017, Mittal met with the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at UN headquarters in New York, their first meeting since the historic decision to grant ICC Observer Status at the UN General Assembly in December 2016. As Chair of the first private-sector organisation accorded permanent Observer status at the UN General Assembly, Mr. Mittal attended the Heads of State lunch meeting with US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Brazilian President Michel Temer as well as other global leaders.

Commenting on his eventful tenure, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Honorary Chairman, ICC, said, “As Chair of one of the world’s largest business organisations representing private-sector views before national governments and intergovernmental bodies around the world, it has been a pleasure to lead and play a constructive role in giving shape to the voice of global business to support inclusive growth. I would also take this opportunity to thank everyone at ICC for working towards a transformational strategic vision, and I wish Paul and Ajay my very best to carry on with our ethos of business as a force for good in society’.

Under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, ICC today is truly a global institution. During Mr. Mittal’s tenure, ICC increased its geographical outreach by having new members from diverse regions. Ms. Karien van Gennip, CEO of ING France became the first women in the history of ICC to become its Vice-Chair. ICC also got its first ever Vice- Chair from Middle East with Mr. Yassin Al Suroor, President & CEO of the A’amal Group from Saudi Arabia. Mr. Patrick Obath, Chairman of the Board, African Alliance Investment Bank Kenya Limited from Kenya became the first African to become a member of the ICC Executive Board. Similarly, Mr. Zabihullah Ziarmal, President & CEO, CEFE Group from Afghanistan has also recently been elected to the ICC Executive Board.

Leading ICC’s drive to raise awareness of the challenges posed by growing populism and anti-globalization sentiment, Sunil Bharti Mittal joined global business leaders to call for international cooperation to shape an interconnected world ahead of the Hamburg G20 Summit in 2017. Underscoring how common rules and strong institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) are vital to ensuring that globalization benefits everyone, Mr Mittal called for “predictable, modern and up-to-date multilateral trade rules, negotiated and agreed at the WTO”.

During his term as ICC Chair, Mr Mittal also highlighted the potential of e-commerce to revolutionize global trade flows and the central role that the WTO can play in underpinning an open, reliable and secure global digital economy and in helping small businesses access global markets.

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