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Vastine retires, Allgeier to lead CSI

J. Robert Vastine has retired as president of the Coalition of Service Industries and been appointed a senior industry fellow at the Center for Business and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

Vastine has been replaced at CSI by Peter Allgeier, a former ambassador and veteran of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

CSI is the major U.S. advocate for expanded trade and investment in services such as banking, insurance, telecommunications, information technology, express delivery, audiovisual, energy services.

J. Robert Vastine

J. Robert Vastine
Under Vastine’s leadership, CSI often was a part of a coalition with the American Farm Bureau Federation and other farm groups to push the Doha round of world trade talks and other trade negotiations. Vastine formerly served as chairman of the official Industry Trade Advisory Committee for International Trade in Services.

Before joining CSI, Vastine served as president of the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute, a bipartisan, nonprofit foundation that helps educate Congress on issues affecting U.S. economic competitiveness, served as deputy assistant Treasury secretary for International trade and raw materials policy and as ice president of the oversight board of the Resolution Trust Corporation.

He also had a lengthy career on Capitol Hill and was a fellow of the Institute of Politics of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Peter Allgeier

Peter Allgeier
Allgeier came to CSI from C&M International, the international trade and investment consulting firm affiliated with Crowell & Moring LLP, but he is best known for nearly three decades at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he had the rank of ambassador and was a negotiator on nearly every major U.S. trade initiative since the Carter Administration.

From 2001 to 2009, Allgeier served as deputy U.S. trade representative. He was U.S. ambassador and permanent representative to the World Trade Organization in Geneva from October 2005 until August 2009, and was acting U.S. trade representative during parts of 2005 and 2009.

During his career at USTR, Allgeier conducted major negotiations with countries throughout Asia, Europe (including the former Soviet Union), the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as multilateral negotiations in the United Nations, the WTO and its predecessor organization, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

Before joining USTR in 1980, Allgeier was an international economist with the U.S. Agency for International Development.