Commerce taps Christina Stimpson to lead international trade efforts


“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.


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 with the Chamber’s trade 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 added.

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 American Society of Alabama, the Alabama World Trade Association, and the Alabama District Export Council.


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