Obama Nominates Key 2nd Term Trade Positions

Yesterday, President Obama put forth nominations for two posts critical to the trade community - U.S. Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce - rounding out personnel announcements made this week that include the Secretary of Transportation nomination.

For U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the President nominated Michael Froman, current Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs. Froman, a former Clinton Administration official, is currently responsible for a diverse trade portfolio that includes energy and development issues. Froman was considered instrumental in congressional approval of bilateral trade pacts with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama during Obama’s first term. He has experience representing the U.S. in international trade forums, including the G8 and G20. Froman’s prior industry experience includes a role as managing director at Citigroup, where he oversaw infrastructure and development investments in emerging markets.

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