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Former assistant U.S. commerce secretary to speak at Longwood on Nov. 4

October 23, 2013

Suresh Kumar, Executive-in-Residence lecture series Suresh Kumar

Suresh Kumar, who formerly led U.S. trade promotion and export efforts in the Obama administration, will speak Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in Longwood University’s Wygal Auditorium.

Kumar served as assistant U.S. secretary of commerce and director general of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service from February 2010, when he was appointed by President Obama, until this March when he joined Oliver Wyman, an international management consulting firm. He has spent more than 30 years as an international businessman, consultant and professor of management.

Before joining the Obama administration, Kumar was president and managing partner of KaiZen Innovation, a management consulting firm that he founded in 2004. At KaiZen, he consulted for several organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Foundation, in which he worked on food security and economic development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Kumar, based in New York City, is a partner in Oliver Wyman’s Health & Life Sciences and Public Sector practice groups. He has led business initiatives in every continent, has lived in six countries and speaks six languages, and has published on globalization and management practices.

Kumar’s talk at Longwood, "Public Service and Global Engagement," is part of the Executive-in-Residence lecture series in the College of Business and Economics. The event is open to the public.