The Commonwealth Business Council (CBC), the Commonwealth’s agency for the promotion of trade and investment, has appointed Sir Alan Collins as its new director general.
Sir Alan will take over from Dr Mohan Kaul, CBC’s founding director general, in April 2012.
The CBC said Sir Alan was appointed after an extensive Commonwealth-wide search by its board of directors, comprised of business leaders from across the Commonwealth.
According to the CBC, Sir Alan has had a successful career as a British diplomat and champion of business internationally.
He served as Ambassador to the Philippines and as High Commissioner to Singapore before taking up the role of Director General Trade and Investment USA and Consul General New York. In New York, he led a team of 250 staff in nine locations across the US and in London, meeting challenging targets for exports from the UK and attracting high-value inward investment to the UK.
During his time in Singapore, Sir Alan was part of the delegation that won the Olympics for London in 2012. He has most recently been working as Olympics Ambassador for the UK directing international business work from the London 2012 Games aiming at outcomes worth over $1.5bn to the UK economy.
John Denton, CBC’s co-chairman and partner and CEO of Australian law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, said: “Sir Alan is an excellent successor to lead the CBC’s work and build on the organisation’s achievements under Mohan Kaul. He will bring to CBC vast experience in international trade and investment following a successful career with the British Government and UK Trade and Investment.
“Sir Alan has a strong understanding of the Commonwealth and business linkages within the new global economy, vital expertise to tap the Commonwealth’s full potential.”