Stevens & Lee/Griffin International, LLC, Launches Operations – Wilfred Muskens Named President and CEO
On: January 15, 2016 Filed Under: Member News
HARRISBURG, PA, January 15, 2016 – Stevens & Lee/Griffin announced today the formation and launch of Stevens & Lee/Griffin International, LLC.
Wilfred Muskens, who served as Deputy Secretary for the Office of International Business Development for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for eight years, will lead the company as President and CEO.
“The addition of Stevens & Lee/Griffin International to our platform is in keeping with our goal of expanding our segment expertise and capabilities to provide substantial value and opportunities for our middle-market clients, and for generating and facilitating opportunities for direct investment by foreign companies in our region,” said Ernie Choquette, President and CEO of Stevens & Lee.
“Wilfred is a well-known and respected international development professional, and we’re pleased to have him on board,” said Mr. Choquette. “As a result of his service to the Commonwealth, his international contacts and relationships on both an inbound and outbound basis are impressive.”
Mr. Muskens has 25 years of experience in international business development, 16 of which were spent with DCED. For several years, he worked closely with Sam McCullough, then Secretary of DCED during the Ridge Administration and now Chairman, President and CEO of Griffin Holdings Group, LLC, a Stevens & Lee/Griffin company.
In his former capacity with DCED, he led a team of over 50 international economic development specialists and foreign-based trade and investment representatives that contributed to the growth and strength of the Commonwealth’s economy by providing value-added international trade services to Pennsylvania’s businesses and ports and by attracting foreign investment to the state.
Wilfred’s previous experience with the Commonwealth includes serving as Executive Director of the Center for Direct Investment and Director of Foreign Investment for the Governor’s Action Team. In this capacity, he oversaw more than $1 billion in capital investments and the creation and retention of more than 10,000 jobs by foreign-owned companies, such as Austrian plastics company Greiner Packaging, French food processing company Charles & Alice and Chinese manufacturing company Fuling Plastics.