The Honorable Eugene K. Lawson

CEO, Lawson International Inc.

The Honorable Eugene K. Lawson

CEO, Lawson International Inc.

Eugene K. Lawson is the co-founder of the U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC) and served as USRBC’s president for 15 years until his retirement in June 2008. Mr. Lawson’s service as CEO of the USRBC established the Council as one of the central participants in U.S.-Russian relations.

In June 2003, Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar awarded Mr. Lawson the Nunn-Lugar medal for improving U.S.-Russian security relations. In July 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded Mr. Lawson the Order of Friendship "for his significant contribution to the development of commercial and economic relations between the Russian Federation and the United States." Previous recipients include Van Cliburn, James Wolfensohn, and Donald Kendall. In May 2014, Mr. Lawson received the Corporate Citizenship Award from the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Prior to establishing the U.S.-Russia Business Council, for four years Mr. Lawson was vice chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, confirmed by the U.S. Senate following his nomination by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. In 1988, he served as U.S. ambassador to the International Labor Organization in Geneva.

A native of Oklahoma, Mr. Lawson received a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. His most recent book, Russian-Eurasian Renaissance? U.S. Trade and Investment in Russia and Eurasia, was co-edited with Jan Kalicki and published in 2003 by Stanford University Press. 

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