NCR’s Marija Zivanovic-Smith Appointed to APEC Business Advisory Council

NCR Corporation announced on December 20th that the White House has appointed Marija Zivanovic-Smith to serve as one of three U.S. representatives to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

“At a time when the insights of business leaders are increasingly important to economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, we are delighted that Marija has accepted her appointment to ABAC,” said U.S. Ambassador to APEC, Matt Matthews.
Zivanovic-Smith will join ABAC counterparts from APEC’s 20 other member economies to advise APEC policymakers on issues affecting the region’s business climate. Created by APEC Leaders in 1995, ABAC consists of three business representatives from each APEC economy. ABAC meets quarterly to discuss investment and trade policy recommendations and reports directly to the APEC leaders at an annual dialogue each fall.

APEC is the premier organization for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade, and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. Under the APEC structure, the U.S. and 20 other of the world’s leading economies come together to facilitate regional economic integration through trade and investment liberalization, and tackle a wide range of issues critical to ensuring regional prosperity and economic growth.

“We believe Marija will make a significant contribution to the Council and effectively represent the U.S. business community on Asia-Pacific policy initiatives,” said NCR’s Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti. “As the global economy evolves and becomes increasingly driven by cross-border data flows, her strong voice on trade- and investment-friendly policies for emerging digital technologies, including the internet of things and big data, will be a tremendous asset to the Council.”

Marija is the vice president of corporate marketing, communications and government relations at NCR. She also serves as chief of staff to NCR’s Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti. While leading a global team of marketing communications professionals, her key responsibilities include strategy formulation, promoting a consistent global brand based on NCR’s strong culture of innovation, and positioning NCR and its executives as trusted advisors to policy and community leaders worldwide. Zivanovic-Smith serves on the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) Executive Committee and Board of Directors. ITIC is an advocacy and policy organization for the world's leading innovation companies.

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