BRUSSELS—Roderick Abbott, former deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization, has joined APCO Worldwide’s Brussels office as a senior counselor.
Prior to assuming his position at the WTO, Abbott was the deputy director-general in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade, and before that the organization’s ambassador and head of delegation in Geneva. In that capacity he attended each of the four WTO Ministerial Conferences, from Singapore to Doha, and was heavily engaged in the work of the new WTO Dispute Settlement Body.
During the 1990s Abbott was a member of the European Commission’s steering group which developed the EU’s negotiating positions in the Uruguay Round, as well as the lead negotiator for the tariff negotiations. During the 1980s, he was a regular participant in QUAD (United States, EEC, Japan and Canada) meetings of trade ministers and attended the General Agreement on Tariffs & Trade (GATT) Ministerial meetings in 1982 and 1984. He was lead Commission negotiator for the GATT aspects of the European enlargements in 1981 and 1985.