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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 11, 2001

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate Franklin L. Lavin to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Singapore.

"Frank Lavin has extensive experience advancing U.S. economic interests in Asia. He will be an excellent representative of the United States as Ambassador to Singapore," said the President.

Lavin served as Principal for Bank of America from 1999 to 2000 acting as co-manager of the Bank's Multi-National Corporate Group for Southeast Asia and Australia.  From 1996 to 1999, he served as Vice President of Citibank, Global Corporate Banking, and served as Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Policy Center from 1994 to 1996.  Lavin served at the Department of Commerce under former President Bush as Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia and the Pacific.  He served in the Reagan Administration in a variety of positions including Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Security Council and Director of Private and Voluntary Organizations at the U.S. Agency for International Development.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University, completed graduate studies at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, holds Master's degrees from Georgetown University and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and received a M.B.A. from Wharton Business School.


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