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Global Business Coalition Presidency passes from CCC, represented by Perrin Beatty, to BDI, represented by Ulrich Grillo

The B20 Coalition (now known as the Global Business Coalition), the largest forum for business federations from across G20 members, has announced that the Federation of German Industries (BDI) will assume the Presidency of the group from June 02, 2016.

Formed in 2012, the B20 Coalition is a unique broad-based network that operates as a worldwide platform of exchanges between national business communities in G20 countries, aimed at building consensus and developing common positions on critical issues for enterprises.

The Federation of German Industries (BDI), represented by Mr. Ulrich Grillo, takes over the Presidency from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC), which has held the post since October 2013, under the strong leadership of the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking from Paris, where the Chairs of the B20 Coalition are holding their 3rd Plenary Meeting, at which they reviewed the main policy and economic trends at stake in their own markets, Mr. Beatty said, “The challenges of building a strong, resilient global economy cannot be tackled by a single country or its business organization. By pooling our efforts and resources as members of the B20 Coalition, we were able to take coordinated positions that were beneficial to all and express them with a single voice. I am very proud of the progress we have made towards worldwide economic growth by working together, something that will continue under BDI’s leadership. I am proud to pass on the presidency of such an active and influential organization, and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and I look forward to continuing our contribution to the B20 Coalition.”

The BDI takes on the Presidency at a time of vigorous activity for the B20 Coalition, as a major thrust from the group in the field of Digital Economy is about to be followed by a strategic initiative to address the multiple challenges and opportunities related to Resource Efficiency and the Circular Economy.

In accepting the Presidency role, Mr. Grillo, on behalf of BDI said, “Our prosperity depends on global developments that cannot be governed at the national level alone – be it free and fair trade, the digitalization of the world economy or sustainable use of resources. Global challenges and opportunities require cross-border coordination and joint actions. Global governance is thus of the utmost importance to us. The G20 is a cornerstone in this regard as the premier forum for international economic cooperation. Business has a fundamental responsibility in co-shaping, facilitating and implementing global governance. The B20 Coalition is a key player in this area.”

About BDI

The Federation of German Industries (BDI) is the umbrella organization of German industries and industry-related services. It speaks for 36 trade associations and more than 100,000 enterprises with around 8 million employees. Membership is voluntary. Fifteen organizations in the federal states represent the interests of industry at the regional level. Furthermore, the BDI has offices in Beijing, Brussels, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Industry plays an outstanding role for Germany’s prosperity. Almost a quarter of Germany’s GDP is generated by its industry. If industry-related services are included, this figure rises still further to around a third of GDP. Germany is and remains an industrial nation. Industry and industry-related services are core drivers of growth in our economy.

The BDI has the task of promoting all the joint concerns of the industries it represents. It enters into political discourse at an early stage. It raises issues, compiles differentiated views, creates a balance of interests in the alliance with its member associations and thus offers policy-makers industry positions that are coordinated and representative. The BDI offers information and economic policy consultations on all issues relevant for industry, thus granting support for enterprises engaged in global competition.

The BDI has a reputation as a center of competence for economic policy in Germany. It has a unique combination of expert knowledge. This knowledge is pooled by volunteers from the business world, committed enterprises, member associations and regional as well as international representations. This grants the BDI legitimacy as a policy advisor with a practical orientation. The credibility of the BDI is founded on non-partisan, objective and scientifically based arguments.

About Mr. Ulrich Grillo

Ulrich Grillo was born in Cologne in 1959. He is married with two children.

After a traineeship at the Deutsche Bank AG in Duisburg, he studied at the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster where he was awarded his degree in Business Administration.

From 1987 to 1989, Ulrich Grillo worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. Ltd in Frankfurt am Main and from 1989 to 1993 he was employed at A.T. Kearney Ltd in Düsseldorf before moving to the Rheinmetall Group. He was subsequently appointed deputy chairman of the executive board of the Rheinmetall DeTec in Ratingen. In August 2001, he joined the executive board of the Grillo-Werke AG and has been its chairman since 2004.

From 2006 to 2012, Ulrich Grillo was President of the WirtschaftsVereinigung Metalle (German non-ferrous-metals association) Düsseldorf/Berlin and from 2011 to 2012 Vice-President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). In addition, from June 2007 to December 2012, Grillo was chairman of the BDI Committee on “Raw Materials Policy”.

Ulrich Grillo was unanimously elected President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) with effect from 1st January 2013 and was confirmed in office for another two years on 24th November 2014.

Mr. Grillo is an active member of various supervisory boards and boards of advisors.

This statement is issued in Berlin, Brasilia, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, New Delhi, Ottawa, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Sydney, and Washington, D.C. by the B20 Coalition members

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