Christopher J. LaFleur founded LM Associates in 2011. He served previously as U.S. ambassador to Malaysia (2004-2007) and as vice chairman and head of government relations and corporate responsibility at J.P. Morgan Japan (2008-2011).
Prior to his service in Malaysia, Ambassador LaFleur held a wide variety of senior U.S. Foreign Service positions managing diplomacy with Asia, including as director of the State Department’s Office of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (1991-93), deputy director of the American Institute in Taiwan (1993-1997), minister and deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo (1997-2001) and principal deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2001-2003). In 2003-2004, he headed the State Department team in talks charting the future of the U.S. alliances with Japan and the Republic of Korea and served as the Cyrus Vance Fellow in Diplomatic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Mr. LaFleur currently also serves as a director of the Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Corporation, Japan and as Chairman of the Financial Services Forum of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. In addition to serving on the Mansfield Foundation’s Board of Directors, he is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Japan Society, the International Student Conference, and the Advisory Committee of the US-Japan Research Institute.