Lochlin Partners Fills Senior Post for Business Roundtable

January 27, 2023 – Executive search firm Lochlin Partners recently assisted in the recruitment of Jennifer Thornton as vice president, trade and international at Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C. “I am delighted to welcome Jennifer to Business Roundtable to lead our policy work on international trade and investment,” said Joshua Bolten, CEO. “She brings to this role a broad range of relevant professional experiences, from her work on the Ways and Means Committee and 10 years in the state department and office of the U.S. Trade Representative, to practicing and teaching law. Jennifer joins the Roundtable at a consequential time for U.S. trade and international policy, particularly with respect to the Indo-Pacific region and China. Her extensive knowledge will be invaluable in helping our members advance trade policies that promote a competitive American economy.”

Ms. Thornton most recently served as trade counsel to the Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee. During her time on the Hill, she advised the Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee on a broad portfolio of international trade issues, including our trade relationship with the European Union, China, and Africa; the enforcement of U.S. trade agreements; and the scope of congressional constitutional trade authorities.

Prior to her time on the Hill, Ms. Thornton spent 10 years in the U.S. State Department and in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) litigating international investment disputes and negotiating related agreements. From 2014 to 2017, she served as senior policy advisor and counsel to Deputy USTR, ambassador Robert W. Holleyman, and managed all trade and investment matters involving China. Prior and subsequent to her government service, Ms. Thornton practiced law for 10 years in New York and Washington, representing both corporate and sovereign clients in international arbitration and investment disputes. She is currently a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School and has previously served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Texas and George Mason University Law Schools, where she has taught courses in international trade and investment law. 

In her role with Business Roundtable, Ms. Thornton will lead the organization’s development and advocacy of policies that strengthen the multilateral, rules-based trading system. 

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Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of America’s leading companies working to promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy. Business Roundtable is the only national organization representing exclusively CEOs of America’s leading companies. The CEO members who make up Business Roundtable lead companies with more than 16 million employees and more than $7 trillion in annual revenues. For the past 45 years, the membership of Business Roundtable has applied CEO expertise and experience to the major issues facing the nation.

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Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metro area, Lochlin Partners is an executive search firm that helps organizations find C-level and other senior-level talent. The firm’s model was designed to deliver quality results by a process that is more detailed, collaborative, transparent and timely than the large-firm model allows. “We do this because we understand that each executive level position is unique and that a personal, custom approach is the most effective means of finding the best placement for our clients’ needs,” said the firm.

Lochlin Partners conducts searches for board and executive-level positions within government and corporate affairs, government contracting, technology and services, higher education, the public sector, financial services and healthcare. The firm is led by managing partners Liza Wright, Pat Friel and Mike Kirkman. Each of the managing partners has been in the search business for 20 or more years and has been a partner in one of the four large international firms—and in most cases has run a major office or practice at those firms.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media


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