Commerce Department taps Christina Stimpson to lead Alabama’s international trade efforts

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The Alabama Department of Commerce announced that Christina Stimpson, an international trade professional with experience in export promotion, foreign direct investment strategy, and corporate recruiting, will head up the office of the Alabama Department of Commerce. department’s international trade later this month.

Stimpson joins the Commerce Department of the Mobile Region Chamber of Commerce, where she has held senior positions in international trade and economic development. She has frequently participated in foreign trade missions coordinated by the ministry.

Stimpson replaces Hilda Lockhart, who retired Jan. 31 after 24 years as director of the Office of International Trade, which is responsible for the state’s trade promotion and development efforts to increase exports of manufactured goods. in Alabama and create jobs in the country.

Stimpson’s first day on the job is February 16.

“Christina is the ideal person to extend the legacy of excellence established by Hilda in all aspects of our strategic international business efforts,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “Her considerable experience helping businesses in the mobile region explore promising new opportunities in overseas markets will transfer directly to her new role, and I know she can help us build on our strong export track record. long-term.”

Despite recent pandemic-related disruptions and turmoil in international trade, Alabama’s exports have nearly tripled in value over the past two decades. In 2020, Alabama companies exported goods and services to 190 countries.

Christina Stimpson, second from right, spent her time at the Mobile Region Chamber of Commerce working in international trade and economic development roles. The Chamber’s business program has won national awards under his leadership. (contributed)

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Stimpson worked for the Mobile Chamber for 13 years, most recently as Director of Economic Development, beginning in December 2020. Prior to that, she was the Chamber’s Director of International Affairs for over seven years and Director of International Trade for nearly three years. .

“I am extremely proud of the work we have been able to accomplish through the Chamber’s trades program. Over the past decade, I have participated in state and federal trade missions, led local delegations abroad, lobbied for fair and free trade, and conducted countless trade education seminars, all in the goal of expanding exports and production in Mobile,” said Stimpson.

“I look forward to continuing the work started with Hilda Lockhart. I hope to use my experience to ensure that all Alabama businesses understand the opportunities that exist in foreign markets and that all foreign businesses understand the opportunities that exist in Alabama,” she said.

Under Stimpson, the Mobile Chamber’s trade program has been nationally recognized and recognized with ACCE’s Going International Award and the President’s “E Star” Award for Export Service. She also led the creation and implementation of Mobile’s foreign direct investment strategy in 2019.

Stimpson graduated from Auburn University and took the Basic Economic Development course at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

She serves on the boards of Global USA at the University of Southern Alabama, the Japan America Society of Alabama, the Alabama World Trade Association, and the Alabama District Export Council.

This story originally appeared on the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Made in Alabama website.

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