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May 24, 2006
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Allen F. Johnson & Associates Announces Additions to Trade Team


WASHINGTON, DC, May 24, 2006 -- Ambassador Allen Johnson, President of Allen F. Johnson (AFJ) & Associates, announced that Sharon Sydow, who served as Director for Agricultural Trade Policy in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Richard White, previously the Senior Director for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Affairs at USTR, have joined AFJ & Associates.  Ms. Sydow, AFJ’s Vice President, led WTO and bilateral agricultural trade negotiations at USTR.  She previously worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she also gained an expertise in U.S. farm policy and the WTO.  Mr. White, who has joined AFJ & Associates as Senior Director for Regulatory Affairs, was the lead SPS negotiator for WTO and bilateral trade agreements at USTR.  He has nearly 40 years of U.S. government experience, including at USTR, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Commerce.


“Sharon and Dick are valuable additions to our team.  Over the last four years I have had the pleasure of working with both of them and observed first hand how effective they can be,” Johnson explained.  “Their diverse expertise will increase our ability to assist clients with solving specific trade problems and to take advantage of free trade agreements and the opportunities they create.”


AFJ & Associates, LLC, was founded in October 2005 in the Washington, D.C. area.  The President is Ambassador Allen Johnson, USTR’s Chief Agricultural Negotiator from 2001-2005.  Ambassador Johnson has over 25 years of experience in leadership roles in political and policy areas on the local, state, national and international level, as well as an extensive background in business, management, marketing, and product development.


AFJ is currently working with clients in the areas of agriculture, industry, security services, new technologies and biotechnology, real estate, and financial services/auditing and offers a broad range of services:

  • Business, policy, and regulatory consulting and, as needed, building ad hoc consulting teams for the specific needs of clients
  • Government relations activities in the countries or regions where AFJ’s clients work and in the United States, including assisting clients in meeting SPS requirements and obligations
  • Building and developing business relationships for clients by providing market development, representation, negotiation, and project consulting and management services
  • Serving on company advisory committees and boards, and providing speeches and presentations to meetings and seminars on trade policies, negotiations and programs
  • Associates of the company are also directly involved in trading agricultural and nonagricultural products and services between Europe, Asia, United States, and Latin America as well as helping clients to introduce, market, and distribute their products