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Arun M. Kumar elected as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Arun M. Kumar elected to Council on Foreign Relations

Kumar brings considerable senior international leadership experience in both the private sector and in public service to this prestigious group.


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KPMG International is proud to announce that Arun M. Kumar, Chairman and CEO of KPMG in India, has been elected as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). 

Kumar formerly served as a top US commercial diplomat in the Obama Administration in the role of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, where he led the trade and investment promotion efforts for the U.S. Government.

Before his tenure in public service, Kumar was a partner and member of the Board of Directors at KPMG in the United States, serving a plethora of clients as well as emerging Silicon Valley ventures.  

Bill Thomas, Global Chairman, KPMG International said, “We take pride in Arun's election as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which has been an influential voice in international relations not just in the United States, but across the globe. I'm confident that with his global business and diplomatic experience, Arun will add immense value to the CFR.”

Commenting on his appointment to the CFR, Kumar said, “I am honored to join the Council of Foreign Relations. The work of the CFR is more relevant than ever before, especially in Asia and the part of the world where I now live. I look forward to working with other members of the CFR to foster leading ideas and conversations around vital strategic foreign policy and business issues in the Indo-Pacific corridor."

The Council on Foreign Relations comprises some of the most respected global leaders and people from across the fields of government, business, education and journalism. The Council aims to offer a balanced and nuanced study of foreign policy globally. Its bi-monthly journal Foreign Affairs and its David Rockefeller Studies Program, have contributed to foreign policy thinking in the United States by making recommendations to the Administration, as well as to the diplomatic and international relations community.

For further information, contact:

Phil Blackman
KPMG International
+44 (0)7770 700383

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