Robert Roche is the current chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai Board of Governors. He is an entrepreneur, attorney and investor who has lived in Japan and China for more than 27 years. He is the founder and director of Acorn International, China’s largest TV shopping company with over 2,000 employees, which listed on the NYSE (ATV) in 2007. He is also the founder and chairman of Oak Lawn Marketing, the largest TV direct marketing company in Japan with over 900 employees, of which a 51% stake was sold to NTT Docomo, Japan’s largest mobile phone operator.
Robert has recently pointed his entrepreneurship towards the green sector and co-founded the URBN Hotel, the first carbon neutral hotel in China. Robert is a Board Member at the USA Pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo and before that was was a member of the USA Pavilion Steering Committee. Robert has also has served on the Shanghai American School Board and was a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce Japan.
President Obama named Mr. Roche to the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations which operates under the USTR and he is a Member of the Board of the Harvard Public Diplomacy Collaborative Initiative.
Mr. Roche is fluent in Japanese and has intermediate-level competency in Mandarin Chinese. Before serving as Chairman, Robert was a member of AmCham Shanghai Board of Governors in 2008 and was the Chair of the AmCham Shanghai Entrepreneurs’ Committee from 2006-2007.
October 14, 2011 China Daily "Concern over currency bill"
September 23, 2011 China Daily "AmCham Shanghai lobbies US to kick up"
September 22, 2011 newsobserver "Anti-China bill re-emerges, but business leaders say it's misdirected"
October 20, 2010 Shanghai Daily "Call for competitive US exports"
October 13, 2010 Business Insider "America Is Ignoring The Biggest Export Opportunity Ever"