People: Acorn International Inc (ATV)
20 Oct 2017
Mr. Robert W. Roche is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Acorn International, Inc. He is co-founder, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Acorn International, Inc. He also serves as the co-founder and chairman of Oak Lawn Marketing, an omni-channel brand response company in Japan, and President of Roche Enterprises, Ltd, a company that invests in a broad range of industry sectors. Roche is a civic leader and philanthropist dedicated to improving international relations. President Obama appointed Roche to the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, where he served from 2010 through 2014. Roche also served as chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai in 2014, member of the American Chamber of Commerce Japan Board of Governors and founding member of the American Business Community Nagoya (ABCN). He serves on the Board of Directors for the Business Forward Foundation, the Center for American Progress, and the Center for a New American Security. In addition to funding the Roche Family Foundation, Mr. Roche’s philanthropic work includes endowing a chair at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, and helping to establish the International Business Transactions Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Mr. Roche received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Japanese Studies from Illinois State University in 1985 and a J.D. degree from the University of Denver in 1988.
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