World Trade Center Utah President and Chief Executive Officer
With his talented colleagues and strategic partners, Lew directs the World Trade Center Utah in enhancing our state’s international expansion by assisting Utah firms in connecting with global business opportunities. The recent growth in Utah’s globalized success is reflected in Utah being the only state in the nation with positive export growth in 2009, and current trends in 2010 reflect even higher Utah exports abroad, creating thousands of additional Utah jobs.
Lew moved to Utah in 2006 to serve as the founding president and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah. Previously, during the first Bush administration, Lew served as director general of the U.S. Commercial Service, directing the activities of 1,400 commercial officers at over 150 embassies worldwide, as well as in 65 offices throughout the United States.
Prior to that, during his many years in Washington, D.C., he worked with US WEST International in developing major telecommunications projects in over thirty countries. During the Reagan administration, he served as a White House Fellow, as a Deputy Assistant Commerce Secretary, and as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.
Lew also practiced corporate law in Los Angeles and in the San Francisco Bay area. For many years, he taught at the business schools of the University of Southern California and Georgetown University. He is an honors graduate of the charter class of the Brigham Young University Law School.