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Wilbur Ross Loses Key Aide as Trade Disputes Escalate

  • Wendy Teramoto, chief of staff, worked with Ross over 20 years
  • Behind-the-scenes ambassador to key administration officials
Wilbur Ross, U.S. commerce secretary.
Wilbur Ross, U.S. commerce secretary.Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will lose his closest aide as U.S. trade disputes with China and other nations escalate.

Ross’s chief of staff, Wendy Teramoto, 44, described by officials as a key behind-the-scenes ambassador between the secretary and other high-level administration players, is stepping down this fall after working closely with Ross for more than 20 years, said four people familiar with her plans.