Albert Cho

Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Xylem Inc.

Albert Cho is Xylem’s Vice President for Strategy and Business Development. He leads corporate and business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, market intelligence, and business development activities across the global ~$4.5 billion water technology company.  Before joining Xylem, Cho worked as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary at the State Department, where he was a White House Fellow and served on Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff.  Previously, he was an executive at Cisco Systems, where he led innovation projects applying information technology to environmental challenges. He also worked at McKinsey & Company, where he helped found the Sustainability and Resources Practice and advised clients in the industrial, high tech and financial sectors.  He served at the United Nations with Undersecretary General Jeffrey Sachs on a global plan for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Albert is a Rhodes Scholar, a Truman Scholar, and a Millennium Leadership Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Water Alliance, the editorial advisory board of World Water, and was twice appointed by Secretary Pritzker to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Environment Technologies Trade Advisory Committee. He received an M.Sc in development economics and an M.B.A. with distinction from Oxford, and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College. 

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