Clay Hickson – Vice President – Strategy & Business Development

Company nameWorldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

Bio – As Vice President, Strategy & Business Development at Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), Mr. Hickson manages international operations and helps develop and refine WRAP’s strategy, specifically focusing on managing relationships with global brands and retailers and with governmental and other stakeholder organizations. He has developed and led seminars and other initiatives around the world in the field of social responsibility in collaboration with audit firms, manufacturing facilities, industry associations, government bodies and others, which initiatives have facilitated understanding of socially responsible and ethical practices as well as an understanding of how to implement social compliance programs.

Previously, Mr. Hickson was Executive Director of TowsonGlobal Business Incubator as well as Managing Director of Rhôton Hill Group, a management consulting firm he established. He also was Director of International Business Services for International Technology and Trade Associates, Director of International Programs for the World Trade Center Boston, and Account Director with Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Taiwan). He worked with the 1993 Seattle Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Overseas Private Investment Corporation and US-Philippine Business Committee. Mr. Hickson has served on the governing Steering Committee of the Social & Labor Convergence Project. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Maryland-China Business Council and has served on the board of the National China Garden Foundation. Other current and past affiliations include the U.S. Council for International Business, the American Apparel and Footwear Association, and the U.S. Fashion Industry Association.

Mr. Hickson received his MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University and received his BA in International Relations from The George Washington University. He also studied Chinese at Columbia University.