FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ABC Contact: Laura Goodnight Company Name: American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates Tel: 04.379.1414 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.abcdubai.com AmCham Contact: Theresa F. Weber, Acting Executive Director Tel: 02.631.3604 Email: email@example.com Website: www.amchamabudhabi.org
The American Business Council and AmCham Abu Dhabi Host Dubai Airshow Breakfast Featuring Assistant Secretary of Defense DUBAI â€“ NOVEMBER 18, 2013 The American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates (ABC) and AmCham Abu Dhabi held a breakfast meeting on Monday, November 18, 2013 at Dubai World Central Headquarters on the sidelines of the 13th Dubai Airshow. Prominent members of the American business community came to hear insights from Ms. Katrina G. McFarland, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition), regarding the U.S. defense sector. The ABC-AmCham joint breakfast is held during each Dubai Airshow to support the local American and Emirati business communities and their interaction with the many visiting U.S. aerospace and defense industry executives. This high-profile event has become a tradition among U.S. military, diplomats, and local and visiting industry CEOs. Attendees included: U.S. Ambassador to the U.A.E., The Honorable Michael Corbin; U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar, The Honorable Susan L. Ziadeh; U.S. Consul General in Dubai, The Honorable Robert Waller; Federal Aviation Administration Director of Europe, Africa & Middle East, Catherine Lang; AmCham Abu Dhabi Chairman, Matthew E. Byrd; and ABC President, Ramsey B. Jurdi.
The Honorable Robert Waller, U.S. Consul General in Dubai; Christopher Bernhardt, President of DynCorp International; Jeffrey L. Johnson, President of Boeing Middle East; Marillyn Hewson, CEO and President of Lockheed Martin Corporation ; Ramsey B. Jurdi, ABC President; Katrina G. McFarland, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition); Matthew E. Byrd, AmCham Abu Dhabi Chairman; Warren Boley, President of Aerojet Rocketdyne; Tom Kallman, President and CEO of Kallman Worldwide, Inc.; John Garrison, President and CEO of Bell Helicopter.
During her keynote address, Ms. McFarland stated, “The Department of Defense is improving the U.S. Government's and U.S. industry's ability to promote and implement defense exports in support of our foreign policy and national security objectives. Current and future efficiencies achieved through these efforts will help us build, field, and support better defense equipment for ourselves, our allies, and our friends." Ms. McFarland currently serves as the principal adviser on matters relating to acquisition to the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Ms. McFarland began her civil service career at Headquarters Marine Corps, which lead her to the Department of National Defense in Ontario, where she performed Procurement Head of Electronics duties. Her career progressed to Director for Acquisition for the Missile Defense Agency, where Ms. McFarland’s advice led to over $37 billion of sole source procurement activity being opened up to competition. Prior to becoming Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition) she served as President of the Defense Acquisition University, where she continued to build the university’s outstanding reputation as the Department of Defense’s primary learning institution.
The Dubai Airshow is the premiere showcase of aviation and air defense products in the Middle East and typically results in billions of dollars of aircraft and defense contracts. This yearâ€™s show is predicted to be the largest in its history and is being held at the new Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai. Matthew Byrd and Ramsey Jurdi expressed their enthusiasm for the strong presence of U.S. aviation and defense companies, which are key components of American industry. ABC Dubai and AmCham Abu Dhabi are proud to partner with the Dubai Airshow, which uniquely showcases American businesses operating in the U.A.E. This joint event was sponsored by Aerojet Rocketdyne, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, DynCorp International, Bell Helicopter, with support from Kallman Worldwide and Dubai World Central. ABOUT THE AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL The American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates operates under the auspices of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and functions as a Chapter of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce. Since its founding in 1985, the American Business Council has supported U.S. business interests in Dubai & the Northern Emirates and acts as a liaison between government and commercial enterprises. The American Business Council is a 500 plus member-driven organization. Fortune 500 companies and key business leaders are well represented among the members of the American Business Council. The American Business Council provides a forum for understanding and interaction between the local business community and members of the American Business Council. Members are supported through a robust calendar of informational programs, round-table discussions, and business networking opportunities. For more information about the American Business Council and to learn how members are engaged, visit us at www.abcdubai.com. ABOUT AMCHAM ABU DHABI AmCham Abu Dhabi (the trademark of the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi) is a member of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce. The AmCham Abu Dhabi mission is to promote commerce, investment and goodwill between the United States of America, the membership, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. AmCham Abu Dhabi is an independent, not-for-profit association comprised of Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium sized companies and prominent
business leaders and entrepreneurs. AmCham Abu Dhabi provides a uniquely situated platform through which executives pursue and discuss issues impacting business operation between the U.S. and U.A.E. Substantive government advocacy programs, educational and networking programs and customized business service are just a few of the many benefits AmCham Abu Dhabi provides to its members. Through the support of its members, AmCham Abu Dhabi has become the recognized voice of U.S. business in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. www.amchamabudhabi.org