The Honorable Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA).
In this role, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the industry-facing unit of ITA, serving as the liaison between U.S. industry and the federal government with respect to access to international markets and U.S. policies impacting the competitiveness of U.S. exports. In this role, Ms. Lamb-Hale also served as the Department’s lead on CFIUS where she represented the interests of business in some of the most significant cases before CFIUS in recent history. In addition, she regularly led business delegations on international trade and trade policy missions during which she negotiated with senior foreign government officials on the elimination of regulatory and legal impediments to trade to create policy environments conducive to free trade and to mitigate market access barriers to U.S. exports.
Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Lamb-Hale is a Managing Director at Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, a global leader in risk mitigation, compliance, security, and incident response solutions. She has more than 25 years of executive level experience and a unique viewpoint on global commercial and compliance matters from her extensive service in both the public and private sectors.
Ms. Lamb-Hale’s areas of focus at Kroll include investigative due diligence in M&A transactions, regulatory compliance matters, market entry support and sexual misconduct investigations. Representative matters include, global due diligence on potential joint venture partners, channel partners and supply chain partners; analysis of the competitive, regulatory and macro-economic environments in global markets in support of new market entry; and regulatory due diligence and consulting in the context of national security, anti-bribery/anti-corruption investigations, and conducting Title IX and sexual misconduct investigations on behalf of a major public university.
Prior to joining Kroll, Ms. Lamb-Hale was a Senior Vice President of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm, where she provided strategic advice to companies in the development and implementation of their global business objectives, including the expansion of their exports to, and presence in, international markets. Examples of her work include advising a U.S. based oil and gas company on resolving operational challenges resulting from a territorial dispute between two Middle East sovereigns; advising a major U.S. retailer on strategies to mitigate and manage the aftermath of the collapse of a clothing factory in South Asia; and advising an Asian export credit agency on challenges and opportunities in five regional markets.
Ms. Lamb-Hale served by presidential appointment as the Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that role, she was the Chief Operating Officer of the Office of General Counsel, where she managed a $50 million operating budget and 300 attorneys, and assisted the General Counsel as the legal advisor to the Secretary of Commerce.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Ms. Lamb-Hale practiced law in two major law firms specializing in business restructuring and public finance. After practicing as an equity partner with the Michigan based law firm of Dykema Gossett PLLC, Ms. Lamb-Hale joined the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Ms. Lamb-Hale earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.