International Meat, Poultry & Seafood Convention 2011

US - Two renowned leaders with global insights will headline general sessions at the 2011 Meat, Poultry & Seafood Convention and Exposition, to be held on 13 to 16 April 2011, at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, and organised by the American Meat Institute (AMI).
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Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and former director of the National Security Agency (NSA), will headline the first general session, scheduled for 10:30am on 13 April. Mr Hayden will discuss the political situations in the hot spots in every corner of the world, analyze the tumultuous global environment and what it all means for the American people and America’s interests.

After nearly 40 years in the US Air Force, General Hayden became director of the CIA in May of 2006, capping a career in service to the United States. Originally appointed by President Bill Clinton to the post of director of the National Security Agency (NSA), General Hayden became the longest-tenured NSA director, serving from 1999 to 2005.

Carlos Gutierrez, former CEO and chairman of the board at Kellogg Company and former Secretary of the US Department of Commerce, is scheduled to address attendees during the second general session on 15April at 10:30am. Mr Gutierrez will share with attendees the challenges facing global business and the ways in which leadership, diversity, innovation, values, and education are integral to international success.

In 2005, he was tapped by President George W. Bush to be the 35th Secretary of the US Department of Commerce. During his tenure as the Secretary of the US Department of Commerce, Gutierrez made it a top priority to open global markets for US companies, ensuring continuous innovation and competition to build a stronger American economy. Resuming his international outreach, now in the service of his country, he regularly traveled to visit with foreign government and business leaders to discuss ways to enhance trade and promote US exports.

Mr Gutierrez played a key role in the passage of CAFTA-DR, a landmark agreement that strips away trade barriers, expands export opportunities and boosts hope and opportunity throughout Latin America.

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