Scottish Business Network appoint US ambassador in Washington

Ian Houston , SBN US ambassador

SCOTTISH Business Network has announced Ian Houston as the latest ambassador in the United States.

Ian’s new role will see him focus on assisting Scottish companies identify new opportunities in the US and raise the profile of SBN.

Ivan McKee, minister for Trade and Investment said: “Ian has worked closely with the Scottish Government’s Washington DC office for many years and I welcome this appointment.

“The US is our top export destination and our trade and investment links there are important for Scotland’s economy. With the current uncertainty due to Coronavirus, it is even more important than ever to reassure the world that Scotland is an open and welcoming country and an attractive place to invest in, visit and live. We are actively thinking about the preparations for when current restrictions can safely be eased and getting Scotland open for business once again, when the time is right.

“Our Washington DC office look forward to working with Ian in his new role and spreading this message.”

Ian’s career included 11 years as executive director and legislative director of the American Foreign Service Association.

He has also worked in the U.S Congress and with international development & relief organisations for many years.

Speaking about his appointment he said:  “I am passionate about placing a spotlight on Scottish commerce and innovation, and forging partnerships between Scottish and US companies and organisations across multiple sectors. SBN will play a vital role for positive trade growth.”

Russell Dalgleish, SBN chair, said:  “Over the next few years we believe that the US will become an ever more important market for Scottish companies as we build new trading relations post Coronavirus. Having a representative of Ian’s abilities in Washington will be of enormous value to all Scottish companies and we are honoured that he has agreed to join us”.

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