Global Trade Advisor
Following a military and federal service career of over 25 years, Mr. Willis accepted the newly established role of Global Trade Advisor at Caterpillar, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for supporting the strategic development, delivery and execution of international trade to support the enterprise. In addition, Mr. Willis works to enhance and manage relationships with U.S. and foreign government law enforcement and regulatory agencies.
Prior to his current position at Caterpillar, Mr. Willis was the Deputy Director at the Export Enforcement Coordination Center (E2C2) and Senior Policy Advisor within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration, where he developed and promoted efficient export control policies. Prior assignments include Director of the Munitions Control Division within the Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security at the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). As the first Division Director for MCD he served as the senior advisor on dual-use and munitions technology issues within Department of Commerce and coordinated the review of export control issues among relevant USG organizations. Further, working within the Defense Department, Mr. Willis was the Division Chief for the Dual-Use Licensing Division within the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA).
Mr. Willis has a Master’s of Science degree in National Security from NDU, Eisenhower School. He also graduated cum laude with an MBA from California State University, Hayward and has a B.A.in Political Economics from the University of the Pacific.