Narayen Forum

Adobe chief executive Shantanu Narayen has been elected vice chair of the U.S.-India Strategic and Partnership Forum. ( photo)

Adobe chief executive Shantanu Narayen was elected as the vice chair of the U.S.-India Strategic and Partnership Forum.

The USISPF is a new organization created to enhance business relations between the U.S. and India, and to promote bilateral trade and work on creating “meaningful opportunities that have the power to change the lives of citizens,” the USISPF said in a statement.

“Strong strategic ties between the U.S. and India have never been more important than they are today,” Narayen said in a statement. “The USISPF has emerged as a powerful force in the U.S.-India strategic partnership,” the Indian American executive said.

The USISPF also announced that Spice Jet Limited chair and managing director Ajay Singh and Cisco supply chain operations senior vice president John Kern were named new members. Additionally, former Central Intelligence Agency director retired Gen. David Petraeus was named as an adviser.

The Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group now has 31 board members.

“We are excited to welcome these three important leaders to our board,” USISPF president Mukesh Aghi said in a statement. “They will add great value to the work that the USISPF board and staff is already doing with regards to trade, supply chain management and defense work,” he said.

“India is at a pivotal time in this relationship, with the United States recognizing India as a leading power in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond,” Singh said in a statement.

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