BNSF Railway Chief Matt Rose Confirmed as Keynote for 85th Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Event

March 25, 2011 10:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA — BNSF Railway Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Matthew K. Rose is confirmed to speak to more than 500 business leaders and members of the diplomatic corps at the 85th annual World Trade Week kickoff event in May.

A member of the recently formed President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, Rose is expected to talk about strategies for leveraging international trade as a tool for creating jobs and strengthening the U.S. economy.

“If there was ever a time when our country stood to benefit from global trade … That time is now,” Rose said.  “World Trade Week is not simply about celebrating our international successes, but also serves as a rallying point for local business to become engaged by identifying existing opportunities and acting out on them.”

As a part of the jobs council, Rose is tasked with providing non-partisan advice to President Obama on how to strengthen the Nation’s economy and ensure U.S. global competitiveness.

BNSF Railway operates in 28 states and two Canadian provinces, and has service and offices in Mexico.  Given the nature of international trade and BNSF’s key role in the supply chain, the company is involved in countries throughout the world, with additional representative offices in Shanghai and Tokyo.

Hosted by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, World Trade: Promoting Global Competitiveness officially will kick off more than 40 events taking place in May as part of a national World Trade Week campaign.

First observed in 1927 to promote the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, World Trade Week efforts have grown to promote the positive aspects of international trade that are vital to a strong local and national economy.

World Trade Week is proud to recognize the Japan Business Association of Southern California as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary, as well as the major contributions of Japan-affiliated companies in Southern California.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region.  For more information, visit

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