Former State Department Special Representative for Commerce and Business Joins SDB Partners LLC

The former principal representative of the U.S. Department of State to the global business community , J. Frank Mermoud, has joined SDB Partners LLC of Washington DC as Senior Vice President.

Mermoud, a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the University of Paris, School of Political Science, brings his extensive government trade, financial and business background to SDB Partners.

During 2002-2009 Mermoud led an aggressive transaction-oriented team at the State Department and other U.S. government departments and agencies, facilitating an annual $20 billion in U.S. global commercial successes in areas including financial services, energy, technology, telecommunications, defense and security, and infrastructure. He advised U.S. and foreign companies on commercial transactions, privatizations, projects, tenders and investment opportunities.

Former Senior Trade Official, Department of State

J. Frank Mermoud, Former Senior Trade Official

Upon leaving the State Department, Mermoud joined TD International , a strategic investment advisory firm where he remains on the Board of Advisors.

In May, 2010 and 2011 Mermoud managed fund raising efforts and created and implemented a business development strategy for the Monument Capital Group . Monument Capital is an alternative asset management firm with a focus on the global security and defense sectors. Monument Capital Group’s Advisory Board that includes James A. Baker, III , former Secretary of State and former Secretary of Treasury; Frank C. Carlucci , Chairman Emeritus of The Carlyle Group and former Secretary of Defense; Mustafa V. Koç, Chairman of Koç Holding, Turkey’s largest conglomerate and one of Europe’s largest companies, and Thomas F. McLarty, III, former White House Chief of Staff, President of McLarty & Associates and former Chairman of Arkala Inc., the United States’ largest distributor of natural gas.

“I am very pleased that Frank Mermoud has joined SDB Partners,” said Dr. Stephen Bryen , CEO and President of SDB Partners. “Frank’s extensive knowledge of the international business community and his access and knowledge of the U.S. government and how to turn trade promotion into concrete business is a big plus for SDB Partners’ clients. There are very few people working in government that are financial and trade experts and who understand both the private and public sectors,” said Bryen. “There are even fewer with proven track records of success like Frank’s.  We are privileged to have him on board.”

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