Zeger Vercouteren is Vice-President Worldwide Government Affairs & Policy, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Global Supply Chain Initiatives. Zeger partners directly with J&J EMEA Business Segment Presidents to foster policy change which delivers robust and sustainable business and societal impact. Zeger also serves on J&J’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board for the EMEA region.
He is currently member of the J&J Foundation Board, Board Member of European Policy Center (EPC) as well as Chair of the Brexit Task Force at AmCham EU.
Prior to J&J, Zeger headed Baxter’s European GA&P practice (covering devices/biotech/pharma/vaccines) and was Deputy Director General Eucomed, having joined from a business services background.
He holds an honors law degree from the FNDP-Namur/KU Leuven/UC-Barcelona Universities; honors Business Administration Master's Degree from the Solvay Business School/ULB.
Zeger is a Belgian, speaking Dutch, French, English, Spanish, Catalan & understanding German.
Kaarli H. Eichhorn is a Partner at Jones Day. He was elected Vice-Chair and Member of the Board in July 2020.
Kaarli is a member of Jones Day’s Antitrust & Competition Law Practice. He is also affiliated with the Firm’s Government Regulation Practice and is one of Jones Day’s Nordic Practice leaders. Prior to joining Jones Day he served as Global Executive Counsel – Competition Law & Policy at General Electric Company. Kaarli has worked on a significant number of high-profile and politically sensitive merger and antitrust matters globally for almost 20 years. He has substantial experience in competition law, international regulation and government affairs, including legislative advocacy, foreign investment screening and sanctions.
Kaarli has held prior leadership roles at AmCham EU for many years, including as chair of the Legal Affairs Task Force and as vice-chair of the Competition Committee. He is a prior member of the board of European Justice Forum, a former vice chair of the In-House Competition Counsel Association and member of the BusinessEurope competition committee. He is a non-governmental advisor at the International Competition Network.
Kaarli is a Swedish Advokat (member of the Swedish Bar) and a member of the Brussels Bar.
Taggart Davis joined J.P. Morgan’s Government Relations team for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Region in 2011. He represents the firm in Brussels engaging with EU policymakers on the EU and global financial regulatory agenda, specialising in banking and investment management policy and political developments.
Prior to this, he was a Policy Advisor in the European Parliament, focusing on financial regulatory policy.
Taggart is chair of AmCham EU’s Transatlantic Task Force, vice chair of the Brexit Task Force and an active member of the Financial Services Committee.
Taggart’s interests are politics, distance running punk rock and prog rock. He lives in Brussels with his wife Gráinne and daughter Erin.
Leah Charpentier is the Head of European Regulatory and Government Affairs at First Solar, a leading and innovative provider of global photovoltaic energy solutions.
At First Solar, she is responsible for developing and implementing EU and national advocacy strategies. She is also actively involved in the company’s sustainability and European business development efforts.
With over 10 years’ experience in the Brussels advocacy environment, Leah Charpentier has an expertise in EU climate, chemical and waste legislation. Before joining First Solar, she worked for Goodyear, and in this role represented the tire industry on a number of EU expert groups.
She is Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce’s Communications and Marketing Group and Vice-Chair of SolarPower Europe’s Strategy Committee.
Dr. Bertold Bär-Bouyssière, LL.M., is one of the leading practitioners of competition law in Brussels and Germany. Bertold has more than 25 years of experience in the field. A partner with DLA Piper’s Brussels and German offices, Bertold is a Fulbright alumnus and admitted to the New York, German and Brussels bars. Bertold currently co-heads the EU Competition team in Brussels and also has responsibilities as Elected Member of DLA Piper's International Board. Since 2017, Bertold serves as Elected Co-Chair of AmChamEU's Competition Policy Committee.
Bertold is independently nominated by senior in-house counsel as an “Acritas Star” for being “one of the most outstanding lawyers they have worked with”. Bertold is also recommended since 2004 in Chambers' The World's Leading Lawyers and Legal 500 as a leading expert for EU Competition and State aid (subsidies) law, with a special praise of his talent for delivering time and cost-efficient high-quality work. Clients describe him as a "very efficient, proactive and business-oriented lawyer who always makes himself available - brilliant." (Chambers 2017).
Together with other partners and his team, Bertold advises at the forefront of competition and State aid law developments and represents clients in landmark cases before competition authorities and the EU Courts. Over the years, Bertold has gained extensive experience in the application of competition rules in a large variety of industry sectors including life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, defence equipment, chemicals, crop protection, petrochemicals, gas, electricity, steel, motor vehicles, automotive components, construction equipment, cable television & multimedia, telecommunications, aerospace, satellite launching, tourism, air transport, online gaming, shipbuilding, food processing, fuel card services, financial services, luxury watches, and more. He is also well connected with the political EU stakeholders in Brussels.
Redonner à la communauté est très important pour Bertold, qui gère le soutien juridique mondial de DLA Piper à EURORDIS, l'Organisation européenne pour les maladies rares. Avec sa famille, il parraine l'éducation de plusieurs enfants en Éthiopie depuis maintenant plus de quinze ans.
Susan Danger is CEO of AmCham EU. She joined the organisation in 1995 as Communications Manager, going onto become Communications and Operations Manager, and then finally Managing Director in 2002. Susan was elected as Chair of AmChams in Europe (ACE) for the period 2020-2022. AmChams in Europe (ACE) serves as the umbrella organisation for 45 American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams) in 43 countries throughout Europe and Eurasia. She has also served as Vice-Chair (2009 -2014) and was a Member of its Executive Committee (2005-2008). Born and educated in the UK, she began her career in London in various marketing and communication roles for Thomson Tour Operations. She is a dual UK and Belgian citizen and has worked in the UK, Germany, Austria, Spain and Australia.
Claudia Selli is the Vice President for European Union Government Affairs and the Head of the Brussels’ office of AT&T International External & Regulatory Affairs. Her main task is to advocate AT&T positions in Brussels towards the European institutions as well as in other European Member States, in particular France and Benelux. Claudia is also active in International organizations such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers where she Chairs the Business Constituency (BC) as well as in Brussels Associations and think tanks, including current service as Board Member and Chair of the Digital Economy Committee in AmCham EU and Board Member of the European Internet Foundation (EIF).
Claudia is also Chair of the Digital Economy Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU.
Prior to joining AT&T, Claudia Selli worked at the European Commission, DG Information Society where she was responsible for the relations with the European Parliament. In the past she also worked in the European Parliament.
Claudia holds a master in International Politics from the ULB University and graduated at 'La Tuscia University' in Viterbo, Italy.
Joris Pollet is currently Vice-President, Global Government Relations and Public Policy Europe for the Procter & Gamble Company. He has been leading Government Relations for P&G in Asia based in Singapore in 2008-2013 and India, Middle, East & Africa in 2013-2017. Joris has extensive experience on a broad range of policy areas and represents P&G in various industry associations. Currently he serves on the boards of the World Federation of Advertisers, AmCham EU and the European Advertising Standards Alliance. He is also Vice Chair of the Consumer Committee at the European Branded Goods Association and member of Partner Advisory Group at World Economic Forum.
Cristina Falcone is Vice President of Public Affairs for UPS Europe. During her tenure at UPS, Cristina has held several management roles in the areas of Product Management, Customer Loyalty and Public Relations prior to her work in Public Affairs. In her current role, she leads the strategy and execution of UPS Public Affairs activities across Europe, advocating for effective policy that benefits European businesses, communities and consumers. She is an Executive Sponsor for the UPS Millennials Business Resource Group and sits on the steering committee for the Brussels Women in Trade Network. Cristina mentors aspiring young professionals from a number of countries across Europe and gives back to the community by volunteering with non-profit organizations that provide aid to the homeless in Brussels.
Cristina is also the Chair of Policy Group at the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU.
Prior to her current role, Cristina held the role of Vice President, Public Affairs, at UPS Canada where she actively advocated on a range of issues, including the advancement and conclusion of the comprehensive trade and facilitation agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA).