The Good News Behind The Rise of the Middle Class in China

Robert Roche
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Robert Roche
Chairman
American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai
Robert Roche is the 2010 Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and an entrepreneur, attorney and investor who has lived in Japan and China for more than 25 years. He founded Acorn International, China’s largest TV shopping company and Oak Lawn Marketing, the largest TV direct marketing company in Japan.  He was recently named to President Obama’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He can discuss doing business in China, U.S.-China trade issues, the Chinese currency, American competitiveness, and entrepreneurship.
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Biography

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.


Story Pitch

Want to create American jobs? A Currency Bill is likely to do just the opposite.
It's election season in Washington, and voting for a bill to “get tough on China” is a mouthwatering political opportunity for congressmen fighting for their political lives. But American businesses aren’t focused on short term political calculus; our goal is increased U.S. exports and sustained economic growth at home. Most American companies understand that legislation meant to force RMB revaluation won’t create American jobs. In fact, it may just do the opposite.
Recent Publications/Appearances

INTERVIEWS:

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"








 

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