Ann-Marie Padgett joined Caterpillar Inc. November 2010 as the International Marketing Manager in the Washington, DC office. She is responsible for collaborating with Caterpillar business units with significant sales opportunity in Asia-particularly China, India and ASEAN to understand and prioritize issues involving either the transactional obstacles or the market development opportunities. In addition, she develops and implements advocacy strategies to utilize U.S. government or non-governmental organizations and foreign governments to promote transactions/projects, resolve identified obstacles or otherwise promote market development.
Before joining Caterpillar Inc., Ann-Marie served as the Global Public Policy Manager for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the U.S.-based international trade group representing the business interests of companies which manufactures and markets equipment and services used worldwide for the general construction, agricultural, road building, mining, energy, forestry and utilities industries.
As AEM’s Global Public Policy Manager, Ann Marie worked with over 700 AEM member companies to develop AEM positions on international trade issues and advocate AEM positions with members of Congress, Congressional staff and various Executive Branch officials. She identified trade issues affecting U.S. equipment manufacturers and conducted policy analyses of issues to determine possible effects on AEM member companies. In addition, she worked closely with other trade associations and coalitions to frame positions and construct advocacy campaigns.
Prior to joining AEM, Ann-Marie was an International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Office of Chinese Economic Area where she ensures access to the Chinese market for American companies and workers so they can compete on a level playing field. Her portfolio included Standards and Technical Barriers to Trade, Consumer Goods, Textiles and U.S. trade with Hong Kong and Macau.
Ann-Marie received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Chinese from Middlebury College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She is also a graduate of The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Hopkins-Nanjing Center.