Odgers Berndtson names John E. Peters, former U.S. Department of Commerce Senior Diplomat, as Partner in Tokyo Office

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Mr. Peters will collaborate on increasing executive search opportunities related to M&A, restructuring, and foreign direct investment action in the Japanese market, the world’s third largest economy, and a major destination for American goods, technology, and service exports.

Odgers Berndtson, one of the world's top executive search and organizational leadership firms, today announced that John E. Peters, a former U.S. Department of Commerce, Minister-rank senior diplomat, has joined the firm's Tokyo office as a Partner and Strategic Advisor. Mr. Peters will collaborate on increasing executive search opportunities related to M&A, restructuring, and foreign direct investment action in the Japanese market, the world’s third largest economy, and a major destination for American goods, technology, and service exports. He will also focus on related growth opportunities in Korea and other Asia-Pacific markets.

Mr. Peters most recently served as Minister for Commercial Affairs at the U.S Embassy in Tokyo from 2006 until July of last year. He also was Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassies in New Delhi (2003-2006), Seoul (1999-2003), and Moscow (1995-1999) where he led specialist teams focused on increasing U.S. trade and investment in these large and dynamic markets.

“Mr. Peters has worked with thousands of executives from diverse industry sectors during his diplomatic career. He, and the teams he has led, have assisted with billions of dollars of commercial deals for American business interests. He has an in-depth understanding of these markets and knows exactly what it takes for an executive to be successful in demanding and difficult overseas commercial arenas,” said Roger Marshall, Managing Partner of Odgers Berndtson Japan.

Adds Richard Boggis-Rolfe, Chairman, Odgers Berndtson UK: “We are delighted that Mr. Peters has joined Odgers Berndtson. He will be a very strong and unique addition to our team, as he brings with him a sterling private sector and government perspective, especially in market intelligence, commercial diplomacy and high-level advocacy.”

Prior to his appointment to the U.S Foreign Service, Mr. Peters was employed by Japan-based management, marketing, and HR consulting firms retained by government agencies, multinationals, small-medium sized enterprises, and NGOs . He was an early pioneer in Japan-focused HR projects, including the design and execution of cross-cultural management programs.

Mr. Peters is a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service, and the Department of Commerce Silver Medal for Leadership. He retired from the US Department of Commerce in 2012 with the personal Foreign Service rank of Career Minister [three-star equivalent]. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, San Francisco State University, and Paul Smith’s College.. He has lived in Japan for thirty years and is fluent in written and spoken Japanese. He was also trained in Russian and Korean at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute.

ABOUT ODGERS BERNDTSON
Odgers Berndtson is one of the world's top executive search and organizational leadership firms, with more than 210 partners managing client engagements from offices in 53 cities across 30countries and six continents. Its diverse team of experienced executive search consultants provides executive search, leadership consulting, and candidate assessment services to organizations in an equally broad range of industries and sectors round the world. They have the depth and breadth of experience and knowledge to serve all the major industrial sectors, with particularly strong market expertise and penetration in: Business & Professional Services, Consumer Products & Services, Education, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, Health Care, Industrial, Information & Communications, Life Sciences, Media & Entertainment, Public Sector & Not for Profit, Sports and Technology. For more information, please see http://www.odgersberndtson.com.

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