John Danilovich became Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce on 30 June 2014. Mr Danilovich is a global business leader with extensive experience in trade-related issues. He has also had a long career as an international diplomat.
Mr Danilovich has been active in the international maritime industry for several decades, holding executive board positions in a number of companies. He served as the US Ambassador to Brazil and to Costa Rica, and from 2005-2009 was the Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an innovative and successful foreign aid programme.
His current positions include Board Member of the International Advisory Council for the Harvard School of Public Health; Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC); Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York); Member of the North American Advisory Council of Chatham House (United Kingdom); and Member of the Board of Directors at d’Amico International Shipping.
As US Ambassador to Costa Rica (2001-2004), Mr Danilovich played a significant role in driving the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). He is skilled at building international partnerships and has established advocacy relationships with policymakers, foreign dignitaries and leaders in major international forums. Mr Danilovich is the recipient of several national and international awards, including the Partnership for Women to Thrive Award and the Choate Alumni Seal Prize. Originally from California, Mr Danilovich was a long-time resident of London before moving to Paris to join ICC. He received an MA in International Relations from the University of Southern California (London) in 1981 and a BA in Political Science from Stanford University in 1972. Mr Danilovich and his English-born wife, Irene, have three children.