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The ICC Chair, his immediate predecessor and the Vice-Chairs form the Chairmanship, all serving two-year terms.

The Secretary General heads the International Secretariat in Paris to carry out ICC’s work programme.


 ICC Chair Paul PolmanPaul POLMAN

Chair, ICC

Paul Polman was elected Chair of ICC on 21 June 2018. The CEO of Unilever from 2009 to January 2009, Mr Polman has played a significant role first in developing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and now in promoting action towards their delivery as a member of the SDG Advocacy Group. He is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, a member of the B Team and sits on the Board of the UN Global Compact as Vice Chair, and the Consumer Goods Forum, where he co-chairs the Sustainability Committee. He has also been Chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

First Vice-Chair

ICC First Vice Chair Ajay BangaAjay BANGA

First Vice-Chair

Ajay Banga was elected First Vice-Chair of ICC on 21 June 2018. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Mastercard and a member of its Board of Directors. Prior to Mastercard, Mr Banga served as Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup Asia Pacific, and served as a member of President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. He is a member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, and a Co-Chair of the Partnership for New York City. He is also a founding Trustee of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum and a co-founder of The Cyber Readiness Institute.


ICC Vice Chair Yassin Al SuroorYassin AL SUROOR


Yassin Al Suroor is the founder and the Executive Chairman of A’amal group he is also board member of various regional and international companies. He is the chair of A’amal Foundation, Chair of A’amal Capital Limited and sits on the executive committee of ICC World Chambers Federation and Chair of Saudi ICC.


ICC Vice-Chairman Karien Van GennipKarien Van Gennip


Karien Van Gennip became Vice-Chair of ICC on 8 June 2017. Ms van Gennip has been an Executive Board member since July 2012 and is also the Chair of the ICC Finance Committee and a member of the Governing Body of the Court. Ms van Gennip is the CEO of ING France. She is also a CEO Champion of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society. From 2003 to 2007, Karien served as State Secretary of Economic Affairs and Minister for Foreign Trade in the Dutch government.

Honorary Chair

ICC Chairman Sunil Bharti MITTALSunil Bharti MITTAL

Honorary Chair, ICC

Sunil Bharti Mittal became Honorary Chair of ICC on 21 June 2018, after having served as Chair since June 2016. Mr Mittal is the Founder and Chair of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading conglomerates with diversified interests in telecom, insurance, real estate, agri and food, besides other ventures. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders: Singtel, SoftBank, AXA, and Del Monte, among others. Bharti Airtel, the group’s flagship company, is among the world’s largest telecommunications companies, offering mobile, fixed broadband and digital TV solutions to over 350 million customers across India, South Asia and Africa. Mr Mittal is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honours, awarded to individuals for demonstrating distinguished services of high order.

ICC Secretary General

ICC First Vice-Chairman FJohn W.H. DENTONJohn W.H. DENTON

ICC Secretary General

John W.H. Denton assumed the position as Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce in May 2018. Having previously served as ICC’s First Vice-Chair and on the ICC Executive Board, Mr Denton is Partner and CEO of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a leading independent law firm in Australia. Mr Denton is also Chair of the Business Council of Australia’s Global Engagement Task Force; Chair (emeritus) of the Experts Group on Trade and Investment in Indonesia; Board Member of Asialink and Asia Society; and a Founding Member of the Australia-China CEO Roundtable.

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