With twenty-five years of experience in legal and government practice, the last fifteen of which have been in senior roles with GE Capital in Asia, Tom Clark now serves as Executive Counsel and Director of Government Affairs and Policy for Asia-Pacific for GE Capital International, as well as for Japan for GE’s energy businesses. In this role, he coordinates advocacy and public policy initiatives across a range of financial services and energy issues, and has been active in a number of public-private sector dialogues including through APEC, ASEAN, various national and regional chambers of commerce, and trade associations. Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was Notes Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Before taking on his current Government Affairs role in 2005, Mr. Clark served as Chief Legal Counsel of GE Consumer Finance in Japan for six years. Prior to coming to Japan in 1999, Mr. Clark served as Legal Counsel for GE Capital Card Services in the US and worked in private law practice first at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City, and then at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington D.C. Between his graduation from Columbia Law School and entering private practice, Mr. Clark served as a law clerk for Circuit Judge James L. Buckley on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington D.C.
Mr. Clark currently serves as co-chair of the Banking, Finance, and Capital Markets Committee and co-chair of the US-Japan Regional Leadership Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, where he is also a Board member, and is a Board member of the U.S. National Center for APEC and member of its Financial Services Working Group. He also serves as Vice Chair for Washington Relations, TPP, and APEC of the Asia-Pacific Counsel of American Chambers of Commerce, is President of the Tokyo Chapter of Financial Executives International, and is a member of the Financial Services Working Group of the US-ASEAN Business Council. Mr. Clark is also a visiting professor at Keio Law School in Tokyo, teaching a course on Government Relations and Law.
Mr. Clark lives in Tokyo with his wife Hiroko and their four children.