John Frisbie
Amb. Tom Pickering on the role of Washington’s evolving military diplomacy.

In a piece for the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, Amb. Tom Pickering assesses the role of the military in Washington’s foreign policy and how U.S. diplomacy can face future security challenges.

Amb. Pickering and Managing Director Trivedi on waning U.S. global leadership in COVID-19 Response

In a piece for the Houston Chronicle, Amb. Pickering and Mr. Trivedi discuss the administration's self-isolating approach to the pandemic, the impact here at home, and how to fix it.

Mr. Trivedi Participates in International Panel on U.S.-India Investment

Tune in for a Cretum Advisory India and IBS Global webinar on “India Investment Opportunities for American Companies.” The event will feature Invest India’s Asst. VP Hoonar Janu, IBS Global’s MD Tonya McNeal-Weary, and Hills & Co’s MD Atman Trivedi on September 18, at 6:30PM (IST) and 9:30AM (EST). Register at

Managing Director

John Frisbie has over 30 years of experience in top-tier government and business relations in China, the United States, and Asia. His areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, commercial negotiations, operating best practices and execution, strategy development, trade and investment policy analysis and advocacy, US and Chinese government relations, and media relations.

Before joining Hills & Company, John served for thirteen years as President of the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC), the leading business association representing American companies doing business with China. As President, he successfully led USCBC's membership of over 200 American companies and a global-CEO board of directors. John also worked for USCBC early in his career, first in USCBC's D.C. office, then as director of China Operations in Beijing from 1988 to 1993.

John joined the General Electric Co. (GE) as director for Business Development in China In 1993, based in Beijing. There, he was in charge of developing and executing new opportunities for the company's diverse portfolio of businesses. John moved to Singapore in 1996 to assume Asia-wide business development positions for two GE business units.

John repatriated to the United States in 2000, joining the trade consulting practice established by former Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP.

John has spoken at numerous conferences and events, and frequently appears in national and local print and television media, such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and China’s leading business newspaper, Caixin, among other publications.

John received his B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He speaks Mandarin Chinese.