Signe Pringle

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Carroll County
Appointed June of 2021

As Deputy Secretary at Maryland Department of Commerce, Signe Pringle works closely with the Secretary and leads a team of economic development professionals focusing on carrying out Department’s mission of attracting companies to the State, working with in-state companies to help them expand and add jobs, and connecting companies with resources and partners both locally and abroad. Ms. Pringle oversees the functions of the Division of Business and Industry Sector Development as well as the Division of Administration and Technology.


Ms. Pringle brings with her more than 20 years of knowledge and experience of business development and management, and her most recent role with the Department was as the Assistant Secretary overseeing the offices of business development, finance programs, international investment and trade, and military and federal affairs.


Ms. Pringle previously served as Managing Director of the Office of International Investment and Trade responsible for the State’s global operations, including foreign direct investment attraction and export promotion. Prior to that, Ms. Pringle served as a Regional Manager for Europe, assisting Maryland companies with developing export markets for their products and services, and attracting investment from Europe. Prior to joining state government, Ms. Pringle worked as a global supply chain manager at an international marketing and distribution company in Estonia.


Ms. Pringle holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from University of Baltimore, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business, Banking and Accounting, from Estonian Business School and a certificate from the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. She currently serves as president of State International Development Organizations (SIDO), the leading U.S. organization dedicated to supporting state international trade agencies, and serves on the U.S Department of Commerce’s Investment Advisory Council and the Center for Global Business at Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.



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