For Immediate Release - July 22, 2011

Secretary Bialecki Announces New International Trade Office Executive Director

BOSTON - Friday, July 22, 2011 - Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki today announced the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment will be led by Ken Brown, an experienced manager and marketer who will be responsible for helping to strengthen the Commonwealth's standing in today's global economy.

Brown, an attorney and former special assistant in the United States Department of Commerce where he assisted with international trade missions to the Middle East, Africa, South America and Europe, most recently served as Governor Patrick's senior advisor on special projects. He planned and executed March's Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission to Israel and the United Kingdom and has been overseeing the state's response to last month's tornadoes that impacted portions of Western and Central Massachusetts.

"Ken will go above and beyond to showcase the strengths of Massachusetts to the international business community," said Governor Deval Patrick. "He understands the direct link between building partnerships and creating jobs in today's global economy, and he will deliver results for the Commonwealth in this new capacity."

"Ken has the experience and skills necessary to promote the Commonwealth on an international stage," said Secretary Bialecki. "From the research and development agreements we entered into with our innovation counterparts in Israel and the United Kingdom to the local jobs we created while overseas and since we returned, Ken helped make the Innovation Economy Partnership a success. I am confident he will build on that progress during his tenure at MOITI."

In addition to R&D agreements focused on creating jobs and discoveries in the innovation fields and efforts to increase international business investment in Massachusetts, the Innovation Economy Partnership Mission also advanced negotiations between the state and El Al Airlines for a direct Boston to Tel Aviv flight. Brown was also in charge of the Governor's 2007 trade mission to China, his 2009 mission to Silicon Valley, California and his work at the global BIO International Conventions, including the 2007 Boston meeting where the Governor unveiled the $1 billion landmark Life Sciences Initiative.

"The Patrick-Murray Administration is committed to fighting for every job in every corner of the Commonwealth and the globe," said Brown. "MOITI can help the Governor achieve this goal by promoting Massachusetts' leadership in the innovation fields of the future. I am grateful to take part in this important effort and look forward to the new challenge of heading up MOITI."

"Ken's experience in Washington, D.C. at the Commerce Department coupled with his experience organizing the Commonwealth's most recent trade missions make him ideally suited to take on the additional responsibility of marketing Massachusetts to the world," said Dan O'Connell, President & CEO of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, a non-profit made up of the state's prominent businesses. "The Massachusetts Competitive Partnership looks forward to continuing a close and productive relationship with Ken and the Patrick-Murray Administration as we open markets to Massachusetts companies."

A graduate of American University and Boston College Law School, Brown has practiced law at Warner & Stackpole and Holland and Knight. He also served as general counsel to the House of Representatives Finance Committee in the Rhode Island General Assembly. Brown served in the Department of Commerce during the Clinton Administration. He will begin in his new position at MOITI on August 1, 2011.