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Barry Friedman of Wal-Mart Joins Board of Councilors | January 2009


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The China-US Center for Sustainable Development is pleased to announce the appointment of Barry Friedman of Wal-Mart to the Board of Councilors. The Board of Councilors provides strategic guidance for the Center’s operations and leadership in the development of new initiatives.

Barry Friedman is Vice President Corporate Affairs for Wal-Mart China in charge of government and public relations, corporate social responsibility and is a leader in the company’s world-wide sustainability initiative.

William A. McDonough, Chair of the US Board of Councilors, stated: “We are delighted to welcome Barry Friedman to the Board. Barry is a driver in Wal-Mart’s sustainability initiatives and his knowledge of the region and public-private relationships will make him a wonderful addition to the Center.”

Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Mr. Friedman had a long career in the region with the US government as a trade and commercial diplomat. Since 1985, he has lived and worked in China and the region, most recently as the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the US Embassy in Beijing and earlier served in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. As Commercial Counselor in Hong Kong, Mr. Friedman headed the US-Asia Environmental Partnership, a USAID-funded program that supported solutions to environmental challenges in the greater China region.

Mr. Friedman holds a Master’s degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Toronto, an MA in Bilingual/Bicultural Education and an MBA in finance and international business from Stern School of NYU. He speaks Chinese and Japanese.