The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced today that Harvey Scott has been appointed as the director of the International Trade and Diplomacy Office (ITDO) within GOED. Mr. Scott has served as the ITDO regional director of the Americas since June 2012.
“We are very fortunate to have Mr. Scott lead our international department. His years of experience in the international marketplace and his exceptional business skills will serve him well in his new role,” GOED executive director Spencer Eccles said. “This is an exciting opportunity to promote our international trade and diplomacy efforts and we look forward to our next steps.”
As ITDO director, Mr. Scott works closely with GOED’s other departments and programs, such as the economic cluster initiatives, corporate recruitment programs, business services, and the Utah Office of Tourism. These departments work together to represent Utah and the Governor on all trade and diplomatic matters, host foreign dignitaries and foster positive relationships with countries and businesses worldwide as they take Utah’s Life Elevated® brand around the world.
Mr. Scott has had 11 years of experience working internationally. He has lived in England, China, Japan, Australia, Senegal, Uruguay, and Canada, and has worked in dozens of other countries.
He understands and has established public/private cooperative agreements and has worked with many regional development agencies worldwide.
Most of his career has been with Rolls-Royce Plc., where he worked in Supply Chain Management, Corporate Development and M&A. He also spent a year on a UK trade and investment assignment with the British Foreign Office at the British Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.
Mr. Scott is a graduate of Cornell University with Master’s degrees in Organizational Development and Public Administration (MPA) with a focus in international economic development. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Southern Virginia University.
“I am very excited about this opportunity to work with such a great team and great partners,” Mr. Scott said. “All of us at ITDO stand ready to assist companies wanting to compete in the global marketplace. We have the right tools and the expertise to help Utah companies navigate the difficulties of international business.”
Mr. Scott will continue to serve as the director of the Americas in addition to his new responsibilities.
He resides in Pleasant Grove, Utah with his wife and five children.