JCIE/USA is pleased to announce that Ms. Marie Kissel has joined our Board of Trustees as of December 2022. Based in Washington DC, Marie serves as Senior Advisor, Government Affairs, at Abbott, a global healthcare leader in diagnostics, medical devices, nutrition, and branded generic pharmaceuticals, which helps people live their best life through the power of health. Marie was based in Tokyo and led government affairs activities in Asia for Abbott 2013–2020, as VP, Asia Government Affairs and as Senior Advisor. Prior to Abbott she was VP, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Asia Pacific, for Baxter International, based in Shanghai (2006–2013). Marie has also held various government affairs and trade policy roles in the automotive industry, primarily with DaimlerChrysler, in Washington DC and Singapore. She started her career at the US Department of Commerce in the International Trade Administration’s Office of Antidumping Investigations, followed by the Office of Japan.
JCIE/USA Chair Peggy Blumenthal welcomed her warmly to the Board, noting, “Marie has been a participant in JCIE’s US-Japan Women Leaders Dialogue, and brings a wealth of experience based on her extensive business career in Japan and Asia. We look forward to her insights on our full range of programs, including our work in the areas of global health and women’s leadership.”
Marie serves as an International Director on the Board of SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers), and is a Board Member of the National Center for APEC (NCAPEC), and the Japan-America Society of Washington DC. Marie also chairs AdvaMed’s Japan Reimbursement Working Group. She served as Vice President, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) in 2015–2020 and was appointed Advisor to the Board of the American Medical Device and Diagnostics Manufacturers` Association (AMDD–Tokyo) in 2019–2020. She served on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai) from 2011 to 2013, and on the Board of AmCham Singapore. From 2018 to 2019 she was Chairman of the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC), an association of 28 American Chambers of Commerce throughout the Indo-Pacific region, which represent more than 15,000 companies, 50,000 overseas American employees, and over US$700 billion in annual trade and investment in the region. Marie attended Sophia University’s Year-in-Japan Program as an undergraduate and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government/International Affairs and Japanese Language from University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA) and a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University. She is a native of Princeton, Indiana.