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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 2, 2001

Statement by the Press Secretary

National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice announced today the appointment of John A. Cloud as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs, effective April 30, 2001.

Mr. Cloud has been Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union from 1999 to 2001. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Cloud served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.

From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Cloud was the Economic Counselor at the American Embassy in Bonn, Germany. He served at the State Department from 1988 to 1991 as Bulgarian/Albanian Desk Officer and as Economic Desk Officer for Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Mr. Cloud served in Mexico as well as an earlier assignment in Warsaw, Poland. In the State Department, he has also worked in the Bureaus of Economic & Business and Intelligence & Research.

Mr. Cloud received his B.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1975, and a Masters in International Affairs from George Washington University in 1977. Raised in Connecticut, Mr. Cloud lives in Virginia. He and his wife, Mary, have two daughters, Jennifer and Michelle.

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