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Managing Director, Global Trade and Investment

Deborah Scherer

Business Development, Project Management

Role and Responsibilities

As managing director of global trade and investment, Deb works to identify foreign-owned companies with interests to expand in the United States, and helps them evaluate the advantages of why the Columbus Region is a location of choice for a U.S. facility. She also helps Columbus Region-based companies connect with training and resources that will help them sales abroad.

Deb has particular expertise in working with companies that are based outside of North America, and has extensively worked with business leaders in Japan, China, UK, Germany, Italy and several other countries on new operations and expansions in the Columbus Region. Her previous private sector experience as an international sales manager included industrial sales and marketing responsibilities in five continents, territory development, and mergers and acquisitions. She is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Notable Projects 

  • Multiple projects with Honda of America Heritage Center, Honda of America Data Center and Quality Lab and Honda Transmission
  • Sofidel’s manufacturing expansion in Circleville, resulting in 310 jobs
  • Stanley Electric’s expansion in London and addition of 150 jobs
  • G-Tekt North America’s expansion and addition of 100 jobs

Past Experience and Education

Experience

  • Deputy Director, Global Markets Division, Ohio Department of Development
  • Global Development Manager, Telesis Technologies
  • Territory Sales Manager, Telesis Technologies

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Ohio University
  • Certified Global Business Professional Certificate

Board and Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Japan America Society of Central Ohio
  • Board Member, Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, Greater Columbus Sister Cities International
  • Member, Fisher College CIBER Advisory Council
  • Ohio Commodore

Why do you live in the Columbus Region?

When I relocated to Columbus 20 years ago, I never imagined that I would still be living here.  Columbus continues to grow as a thriving region where I have access to all the amenities of a much larger city. Whether it’s the zoo, ballparks, art museum or one of the many festivals, there is always something for my family and I to do. I couldn’t love it here more.

Why do you work in economic development? 

The joy I feel when I know I helped a company provide the opportunity of a job, a meal on the table, or shelter over one’s head is priceless. I do what I do to help make the Columbus Region a better place, with more opportunity for all of us.