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Philip M. Seng

MEET Philip M. Seng

Philip M. Seng

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Past President, U.S. Meat Export Federation
Denver, Colorado

Phillip Seng

Philip M. Seng presided as the President and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)
for almost 30 years, where he oversaw worldwide activities in more than 100 countries. During
his tenure, he provided direction for USMEF strategies and priorities in international programs,
trade policy, research, technical services, industry relations and global communications. Seng
joined the USMEF staff as the Asian director in 1982, became the vice president of international
programs in 1988, and was named president and chief executive officer in January 1990.
Seng is an authority on Japan’s complex distribution system and has worked closely with both
industry and government officials in Japan and throughout the world. In addition to being
fluent in Japanese, Seng played a central role in opening the Japanese beef market, as well as
countless other markets around the world. His marketing strategies and approach to the
Japanese market have received critical acclaim in the international business community and
served as a case study in the Harvard University Business School, where he has been a guest
lecturer on several occasions.
Seng has also been active in a number of other organizations. As the only American ever to
serve as president of the International Meat Secretariat – where meat experts from more than
40 nations regularly meet to discuss and resolve issues – Seng served four terms. He also was
president of the Japan-American Society in Colorado, and serves on the President’s Agricultural
Policy Advisory Council in Washington, D.C.
Seng has been recognized for being a leading voice and advocate for the international meat
trade over the last 35 years. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Meat Industry Hall
of Fame in 2009 and was recognized by the National Provisioner as one of 25 industry icons
who made a significant impact in the meat industry since 1991 in conjunction with its 125th
anniversary.

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