Carolyn Brehm leads P&G’s team of sixty government relations practitioners who support key markets in the U.S., Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Latin America. She formed the global GR function for P&G in 2005 and is responsible for public policy and legislative advocacy to protect and grow P&G’s business. She joined P&G in August 2000 as a Director in the Washington office with responsibilities for electronic commerce and data privacy, chemicals management and food, drugs and cosmetic issues.
In 1999 and 2000, Carolyn served as Director of Legislation for The Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading American corporations. She helped lead the business coalition effort to secure Congressional approval for permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with China.
During a 13-year stint with General Motors Corporation, Ms. Brehm served as a director responsible for international trade and investment policy and project support for GM’s international operations in Washington, DC. During two overseas assignments with GM, she established an office in Shanghai for GM’s Motors Trading Company in 1984 and returned to the region in 1996 as Director of Asia-Pacific Trade Policies and Strategy. While living in China, she helped to finalize GM’s Shanghai joint venture to build Buick vehicles and negotiated a number of export sales and counter trade projects for several GM divisions, including the first sale of Cadillac limousines to the PRC.
As Vice President of Asia for ORBIS International, a global humanitarian organization working to eliminate avoidable blindness in the developing world, Ms. Brehm was based in Hong Kong with responsibility for public education, development and support for ORBIS’s medical training operations throughout Asia.
She began her career at the U.S.-China Business Council, a non-profit organization promoting trade and investment with China. She authored a number of articles for the China Business Review and a chapter in the book, “U.S. China Trade: Problems and Prospects”, published in 1988.
Ms. Brehm is a 1977 graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, with a specialization in East Asian Studies. She completed a Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Haven (CT) /Cyprus College campus in Nicosia in 1996. She resided in Bombay, India as an American Field Service exchange student in 1972 and lived in Nicosia, Cyprus from 1993 to 1996. Ms. Brehm has studied Mandarin and French. She currently serves on the Boards of the Executive Council on Diplomacy, the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, the U.S.-Russia Business Council, the U.S.-Pakistan Business Council and chairs the Una Chapman Cox Foundation Policy Council.
She is married to Ambassador Richard A. Boucher, a retired U.S. career diplomat who until recently served as Deputy Secretary General at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. They have a daughter, Madeleine, and a son, Peter.