White House Appoints Matthew Rubel, Prominent Retailing Executive, Entrepreneur and Advisor, to Key Trade Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON--()--President Barack Obama has announced his intention to appoint Matthew Rubel to an additional term as a member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, a key Administration advisory post. Mr. Rubel, who has served as Chairman, President and CEO of several top retail brands and is an advisor to leading investors in the consumer sector, was initially appointed to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN) in 2010.

“These men and women have demonstrated knowledge and dedication throughout their careers. I am grateful they have chosen to take on these important roles, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

President Obama, commenting on the appointment of Mr. Rubel and other Administration advisors, said, “These men and women have demonstrated knowledge and dedication throughout their careers. I am grateful they have chosen to take on these important roles, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

Mr. Rubel stated, “It is an honor to be asked to once again serve my country as a member of the ACTPN. I look forward to working with my fellow members and the Administration to provide advice on the trade policies that are vital to the economic well-being of our nation.”

The Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations was created by Executive Order in 1975 to provide the Administration and the U.S. Trade Representative with policy advice on trade matters, drawing upon the expertise and knowledge of its members.

Mr. Rubel is currently a Senior Advisor at TPG Capital. Previously, he was Chairman, President and CEO of Collective Brands, Inc. from 2005 to 2011. Mr. Rubel was CEO of Cole Haan from 1999 to 2005, and was Executive Vice President of J. Crew Group and CEO of Popular Club Plan from 2004 to 2009. He is active in several industry and civic organizations, including the Jay H. Baker Initiative at the Wharton School, the Young Presidents’ Organization, and serves as Chairman of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the University of Miami, and serves on the Board of Directors of Supervalu, Hudson Bay Corporation, and Home Shopping Network. Mr. Rubel received a B.S. from Ohio University and an M.B.A. from the University of Miami.

Release Summary

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to appoint Matthew Rubel to an additional term as a member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.