William Cohen, a former secretary of defence and a leading advocate of the US-India civil nuclear deal, has been appointed on the board of directors of the US-India Business Council (USIBC).
Cohen's appointment was announced in Washington on Thursday by Charles "Chip" Kaye, chairman of USIBC, the premier advocacy organisation representing the largest US companies investing in India and promoting economic reforms to deepen trade relations and broaden commercial ties with India.
Frank Wisner, past chairman of the council and former US ambassador to India, expressed pleasure at Cohen's agreement to become a director, noting that "Cohen brings enormous experience, insight and wisdom to the council's board."
"I first met him when he was a Senator actively promoting US business in the overseas markets, while setting a standard for statesmanship in Washington. He knows India well and will contribute significantly to the council's continued success," he said.
Over the last year, Cohen has played a leading role in the policy debate over the US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement, advocating for congressional support of the enabling legislation as an effective means to enhance the international non- proliferation regime and to further cement the US-Indian strategic partnership, the USIBC announcement said.
During his tenure as secretary of defence, Cohen worked to strengthen strategic and security relations between the US and India, it said.
Since joining the private sector six years ago, Cohen's international strategic advisory firm has been active in promoting business, financial and strategic ties between the countries. The Cohen Group is an active member of the council, working with a broad range of industrial, IT, agricultural, financial, investment and other firms with interests in India and leading council delegations to India.
Before serving as secretary of defence, Cohen served 18 years in the US Senate and six years in the House of Representatives.