New York, NY (PRWEB) November 13, 2012
Choice Logistics, Inc., the leading provider of mission-critical service parts logistics, announced today that Tracey Leonard has joined the company as Vice President of Global Trade Solutions. Leonard has more than 20 years of international regulatory and operational experience, building business coalitions between multi-national corporations and countries and regions to mitigate risk while improving inventory velocity for her employers and their clients.
Leonard was most recently the Director of Trade Compliance at Sojitz Corporation of America, one of the world’s largest global trading companies. Her areas of global oversight included export licensing, import regulations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, training and audits, and the requirements of the Foreign Corruption Practices Act, Office of Foreign Assets Control, and J-SOX (the Japanese version of Sarbanes Oxley Act). Leonard also held director level positions in global trade and Customs compliance with Pitney Bowes, TRW Automotive Holdings, and Smiths Aerospace (now GE).
“With 70% of our clients now having international requirements that we support, we intend to increase the depth of expertise and the breadth of offerings that we can provide,” said Gary Weiss, Executive Vice President of Global Operations. “Tracey Leonard’s vast experience in global trade development, supply chain optimization and compliance, as well as her understanding of the nuances of multiple cultures, will be instrumental in supporting our clients’ international expansions and enhancing our current solutions.”
During her career, Leonard designed global trade compliance roadmaps that detailed best practices from cradle to grave, as well as international social responsibility programs. She provided significant savings to her employers and their clients through intangible value assessment (IVA) risk avoidance, international financing solutions, and tax strategies. Her comprehensive regulatory involvement spans more than 50 countries, covering dual use and defense imports and exports, as well as security programs such as Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), Business Alliance for Secure Commerce (BASC), and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).
Leonard is active in the American Association of Exporters and Importers, serving as Co-Chair of the International Policy Committee; Delegate to the Private Sector Consulting Group, an advisory body to the World Customs Organization (WCO); and Member of the WCO’s subgroups on AEO, SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade, and Integrated Supply Chain Management. She is a charter member of the International Compliance Professionals Association and serves on the FedEx International Customers Board of Directors.
At Choice Logistics, Leonard will be responsible for setting corporate-level policies and increasing global opportunities through trade development, supply chain optimization and compliance standards. She will report directly to Gary Weiss.
About Choice Logistics
Choice Logistics provides customized logistics solutions that meet the high-availability requirements of global technology manufacturers and third-party service organizations. Its global network of strategic stocking locations, linked by dependable transportation solutions, a unified technology platform, and a performance-driven culture, turns time-critical systems support into premium service offerings that generate profitable revenues, strong reputations, and close customer relationships.
To learn why service-driven companies such as Avaya, Bayer Healthcare, Canon, Cisco, Cox Communications, Dell, EMC, and Pendum trust Choice Logistics as their service parts logistics partner, call 1-800-593-2108, or visit http://www.choicelogistics.com.