William C. Eacho
Ambassador William C. Eacho has joined the Center for Transatlantic Relations as a Distinguished Fellow, as well as Visiting Scholar at SAIS, with an expertise in global energy, environment, and security issues. He also serves on the Energy and Security Task Force of the International Peace Institute, and on the Senior Advisory Group to the Director of National Intelligence. Previously, he served from 2009-2013 as U.S. Ambassador to Austria, where he worked to support a Southern Corridor to bring Azeri gas to Europe. In recognition of that effort and for strengthening Austrian relations with the U.S., Austrian President Heinz Fischer awarded Ambassador Eacho the Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold with Sash for services to the Republic of Austria Before that, he was a successful business manager and entrepreneur with a history of active civic engagement.
Prior to becoming a diplomat, Ambassador Eacho managed a diverse portfolio of public equity, private equity, and real estate investments as CEO of Carlton Capital Group, LLC in Bethesda, MD. In 1998, he was Executive Vice President of Alliant Foodservice Inc., then a $6 billion national foodservice distributor headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois. He joined Alliant upon selling Alliant his business, Atlantic Food Services, a leading regional foodservice distribution company based in Manassas, Virginia, with annual revenues over $200 million. In 1989, Atlantic was recognized as the industry's Innovator of the Year by ID Magazine, and in 1994 received ID's Great Distributor Organization Award. He was the founding co-Chairman of UniPro Foodservice, Inc., the foodservice distribution industry's leading international procurement and marketing cooperative, which grew to $20 billion in revenues under his leadership.
Ambassador Eacho received a Master's degree in Business Administration with Distinction from Harvard Business School in 1979. Prior to attending Harvard, he was a Financial Analyst in the Corporate Finance department of Hornblower & Weeks, Hemphill-Noyes, Inc., in New York, and was an Associate with Loeb-Rhoades, Hornblower & Company in Los Angeles. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he majored in Law and the Economy, a self-designed major combining political science and economics, and wrote his thesis on the use of banking regulatory oversight as a tool to influence economic activity.
Ambassador Eacho served in Vienna from 2009-2013 as a member of the Webster University Vienna Advisory Board and as an ex officio member on the Board of Directors of the Salzburg Global Seminar. In 2013 he was elected to full membership on the board of the Salzburg Global Seminar. He previously served on the boards of Stanley Martin Companies, Inc., Bialek Corporation, Inc. and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. He also served as Chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, and as its Acting CEO. He served on the Board of Visitors of Duke University's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, and was a member of World President's Organization and Chief Executives Organization. He was previously also the Washington, D.C. Chapter Chair of the Young Presidents Organization. He also was a member of Business Executives for National Security, the Brookings Council, and has now rejoined the Economic Club of Washington.
In these organizations and in other activities, Ambassador Eacho supported efforts to address the challenges of climate change. He previously served as a member of the Trustees Advisory Council of the OneVoice Movement, an organization dedicated to promoting moderate voices among Israelis and Palestinians and a peaceful, two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Ambassador Eacho and his wife Donna have three sons.