On March 9, President Obama nominated Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be Ambassador to China. Secretary Locke has extensive experience in trade, both as Commerce Secretary and previously as Governor of the State of Washington. In addition, on March 4, the President nominated Paul Piquado to be Commerce Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. Piquado currently is the Commerce Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Policy and Negotiations.

Upcoming personnel changes can be expected at the International Trade Commission, where three Commissioners will have completed their appointed terms by mid-June 2011. Due to the bipartisan makeup of the Commission, the positions will be filled by Republicans. These openings create an opportunity to add Commissioners with expertise in trade issues affecting U.S. manufacturers.