BritishAmerican Business Network Elects Tamra Eker as President
23 June 2021
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The BritishAmerican Business Network, the umbrella body of British American business chambers across the US and UK, has elected Tamra Eker, Managing Director BritishAmerican Business (BAB), as its next President. Former President, Stuart Bagshaw has been appointed Chairman and former Chair, Bruce Lowe has been made Chairman Emeritus.
Commenting on the election, Duncan Edwards, CEO of BAB, said:
“Having all of the local chapters together under this single umbrella brand has been great, particularly over the especially challenging past 15 months, during which all the chapters have been working closely together in our mission to promote transatlantic trade and investment. I am really pleased for the organization that Tamra will take up the role of President as she has been so closely involved with it for a long time and no one knows better how to make it work for the benefit of all the members.”
Stuart Bagshaw, the outgoing President for the past three years, said:
“I am delighted that the BritishAmerican Business Network board of directors voted unanimously to elect Tamra as our new President. I know that she will continue to strengthen the ties between all our chapter members and bring fresh new leadership to the organization to help the BritishAmerican Business Network to become the strongest and most influential transatlantic business network we have seen.”
Tamra Eker added:
“I have been working with the BritishAmerican Business Network chapters for nearly 15 years and am thrilled to be voted in as President. We have shown over the last year the benefits of working together as a network and BAB will continue to share its knowledge, expertise and access to all BritishAmerican Business Network chapter members. This is the most important economic corridor in the world and there is a lot more we can do together, especially in trade promotion, going both ways across the Atlantic.”
About BritishAmerican Business
BritishAmerican Business is the leading transatlantic trade association incorporating the British-American Chamber of Commerce in the US and the American Chamber of Commerce in the UK.
We are committed to strengthening the economic corridor between the United States and the United Kingdom by supporting policies and action that protect and enhance the environment for transatlantic trade and investment.
We convene and serve a growing network of companies and business leaders through networking opportunities, bespoke programming and marketing platforms.
We actively promote trade and investment and support those who make the transatlantic corridor part of their business growth ambition.
For more information, please visit www.babinc.org
About the BritishAmerican Business Network
The BritishAmerican Business network (BABN) is the largest transatlantic business network, with 22 chapters and over 2,000 member companies based in major business centers throughout North America and the United Kingdom. Its membership includes many of the world’s largest multinationals, as well as hundreds of middle market and smaller companies.
About Tamra Eker
Tamra Eker is Managing Director of BritishAmerican Business (BAB), the leading transatlantic trade association. In this role she oversees operation of the organization’s New York office and US network. She also leads on BAB’s membership, marketing, programming and diversity & inclusion initiatives across New York and London. Ms. Eker also serves as Responsible Officer for BAB’s J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.
Prior to her appointment as Managing Director, Ms. Eker served a variety of roles at BAB including Executive Director; Senior Director & Deputy Head of New York; Interim Head of Events & Program Development; and Associate Director, Member Relations & Programs since arriving to BAB in 2007. Ms. Eker also served as a consultant for BAB’s J-1 Visa program and provided the Secretariat to the British-American Business Council for over 10 years.
During her tenure at BAB, she has developed and implemented B2B and B2C strategies that substantively engage more than 400 multinational companies and SMEs in New York and London. These strategies have focused on business development, client relations, marketing & communications, and development of strategic partnerships.
Under Ms. Eker’s leadership, the organization has grown its programming and content portfolios, including leadership development programs; trade promotion content; diversity, equity & inclusion conversations; ESG and sustainability roundtables; conferences & working sessions for Financial Services and other key sectors.
Ms. Eker has developed a broad network of contacts across the US and UK from within multinational corporations, growth companies, US and UK governments, as well as bi-lateral trade associations and non-profit organizations. She is often called on to act a bridge between these organizations in support of transatlantic initiatives.
Ms. Eker currently serves on the Executive Committee of the European-American Chamber of Commerce in the United States and on the Board of Directors for the BritishAmerican Business Network.
Ms. Eker holds a B.A. in Sociology and Classical Voice from Tufts University (magna cum laude) and an M.A. in Nonprofit Administration from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Stern School of Business.