L.A. Area Chamber Announces Chairs for the 88th Annual World Trade Week

Top Executives from Owens & Minor and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Will Lead the 88th Annual World Trade Week

February 4, 2014 9:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced today Vice President of Corporate Operations for Owens & Minor, Kenneth J. Miranda and Director of Global Trade & Supply Chain Solutions for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Caroline V. Brown will lead this year’s World Trade Week efforts, which include more than 30 events, briefings and activities to help raise awareness about the economic opportunities in global trade.  

“With Ken serving as chair and Caroline serving as vice chair, World Trade Week now stands to benefit from a leadership team that represents deep knowledge about global trade and international commerce and its impact on the regional economy,” said L.A. Area Chamber Senior Vice President Carlos Valderrama. “Already established as the premier trade event, we look forward to taking World Trade Week to even greater heights this year.”

For more than 80 years, World Trade Week has been dedicated to educating the public on the importance of global trade and its contribution to our local, state and national economy. Under the guidance of its founding sponsors – the L.A Area Chamber, Los Angeles World Airports, and the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles – the original week-long observance has now grown to more than 30 events held each year throughout the month of May in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura.

Ken and Caroline will oversee World Trade Week’s jumpstart by the Chamber's annual Kickoff Breakfast with more than 500 guests on May 2nd at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live. World Trade Week supports college and high school scholarships, high school student and career counselor workshops, as well as briefings for civic and business leaders interested in benefiting from the global economy.

About Kenneth J. Miranda:

Ken Miranda currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Operations for Owens & Minor Inc., a member of the Fortune 500. At Owens & Minor, which he joined in 2005, Miranda is responsible for overall corporate operational strategy, including the design, development, implementation, communication and measurement of efficient and effective processes and services to support short and long term business strategies across all regions of the Company. 

Prior to joining Owens & Minor, Miranda worked for the United Parcel Service from 1986-2005. During that time, he played a pivotal role in driving operational excellence and efficiency by initiating and executing process-engineering initiatives which resulted in greater productivity and efficiency. 

About Caroline V. Brown:

Caroline Brown is a Director of Global Trade & Supply Chain Solutions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  Based in Los Angeles, she is instrumental in leveraging the bank's core competency in global trade and supply chain, knowledge of best practices among industry leading importers and exporters, and a focus on working capital optimization and risk mitigation.

Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2013, Brown was First Vice President of Comerica’s International Trade Finance Department and Co-Chair of Comerica’s Western Market African American Initiative. As the former Director of the California Export Finance Office of the State of California; she also served as the Acting Director of the State’s Office of Export Development.  She managed the domestic and overseas trade shows/missions and led California companies on an environmental trade show to Osaka, Japan.