Kenneth E. Hyatt serves as the Acting Under Secretary for International Trade. He leads a team of more than 2,200 trade and investment professionals—based in more than 100 U.S. cities and 75 countries around the world—to assist in the development of U.S. trade policy in the global economy; create jobs and economic growth by promoting U.S. companies abroad; strengthen American competitiveness across all industries; address market access and compliance issues; administer U.S. trade laws; and undertake a range of trade promotion and trade advocacy efforts.
Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Hyatt directed the Department of Commerce's efforts to enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. services industries, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services. In that capacity he led efforts to develop trade policies, initiatives and programs aimed at ensuring the long term competitiveness of the U.S. services industry.
Prior to joining the Commerce Department in May 2010, Mr. Hyatt was a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of a consulting firm, CMPartners, where he served as an advisor to private and public sector organizations engaged in significant negotiations, conflicts, change efforts, and alliances/relationships. Prior to founding CMPartners, Mr. Hyatt worked as a management consultant for several other consulting firms including Bain & Company in its Boston, London and Munich offices. He has advised leading private sector organizations in the automotive, banking, consumer goods, entertainment, insurance and travel and tourism sectors.
Mr. Hyatt received his BA from Yale College, his JD from Harvard Law School and was a Fulbright Scholar.