Eric ShimpVice President, International Government Relations at Principal Financial Group
Eric manages international government affairs for Principal Financial Group, advising the company’s global asset management and pension businesses on a range of geopolitical risk and regulatory issues. Eric coordinates the company’s advocacy before foreign governments and international organizations on issues such as pension reform, financial inclusion and the development of ESG-related regulatory policy.
Eric is a seasoned global government affairs professional who began his career as an officer in the United States Foreign Service. His overseas diplomatic postings included assignments in China and Hong Kong. He served in Washington in crisis management in the Operations Center of the State Department, and as a trade negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, where he managed U.S. trade policy toward Southeast Asia and Korea.
Following his government service, Eric managed a public policy consultancy practice at major law firms in Washington, DC. He has advised sovereign governments on trade negotiations, and foreign and economic policy issues, counseled corporations and financial institutions on geopolitical risk, cross-border trade, investment and sanctions issues, and represented clients before the U.S. government and Congress, as well as before governments in the European Union, East Asia and the Middle East.
Eric has a B.A. in International Relations from Drake University and an M.A. in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. His languages are Mandarin Chinese and French.