Senior Vice President
John Phipps, Senior Vice President, joins Samuels with a wealth of international experience gained from working for some of the world’s most sophisticated companies and trade associations on sales, marketing, regulatory and communications challenges around the world. Before joining Samuels, Mr. Phipps was the head of international government relations for VISA in Washington, DC, coordinating VISA’s global government relations advocacy efforts focused on the growth of electronic payments, market access challenges, and international trade and regulatory issues. He led successful advocacy efforts for preferential language in TPP and KORUS and worked closely with the US Government on a WTO case involving China. He also worked in Singapore as VISA’s regional head of government relations and corporate affairs for South and Southeast Asia.
Mr. Phipps worked for IBM in Singapore as the head of Governmental Programs. He provided advocacy, helped structure partnership programs with governments as well as developed regional initiatives to improve health care outcomes. Also, he spent eight years with Marubeni Corporation, one of Japan’s largest general trading companies as Manager of Strategic Planning and International Business Development.
Earlier in his career he worked at the US Chamber of Commerce, the US-ASEAN Business Council and Hill and Knowlton, Inc.
Mr. Phipps has lived and worked in Washington DC, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He received his MBA from Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado.