While the chamber of commerce pushed for sanctions against India to bring it into line with US trade priorities, Somers publicly differed, through statements and opeds. He also testified in India’s favor at the US International Trade Commission during a recent hearing into so-called discriminatory trade practices by India.
He is now moving on, perhaps to utilize his long association with India, going beyond his leadership to the USIBC — starting as a USAID representative in 1992. He joined USIBC, in 2004. “Ron has brought incredible energy, experience, and insight to the U.S.-India Business Council,” said MasterCard’s Indian-born CEO and USIBC chair Ajay Banga. (Agencies)