Torkel Patterson is on the board of directors at the Central Japan Railway Company, The Northeast Maglev, and the Olmsted Foundation.
He was the former president of Raytheon International Inc., as well as the former special assistant to the president and senior director of Asian affairs to the National Security Council. He also served at the State Department as the deputy assistant secretary for South Asian affairs and as a senior advisor to Ambassador Howard Baker in Tokyo.
Prior to these posts, was headquartered in Tokyo as president of Raytheon Japan, senior country manager for Taiwan and President, North Asia Division, Raytheon International Inc. He also served as the senior associate at Pacific Forum CSIS, a managing director of Pacific Century, Inc., the president of Group Pacific, and a consultant to Armitage Associates L. C. and The Scowcroft Group.
From 1988 to 1993, he was the senior country director for Japan in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, responsible for the day-to-day management of security relations between the United States and Japan. Fluent in Japanese, Mr. Patterson was deeply involved in facilitating Japan's contribution during the Gulf War, the FSX fighter co-development program, technology flow-back programs and host nation support negotiations. He was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal for his efforts.
Torkel Patterson graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1976, where he majored in Soviet studies. From 1981 to 1984 he studies Japanese language at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute and he studies Japanese politics and U.S.-Japan relations at Tsukuba University graduate school in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, as an Olmsted Scholar.
Torkel Patterson是Raytheon International Inc的总裁，之前担任国家安全委员会亚洲事务高级主管和总统特别助理。
他同时还在国务院南亚事务处担任副助理部长以及美国驻日大使Howard Baker的高级顾问。在此之前，他曾是Raytheon Japan和Raytheon International北美分部的总裁。