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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 23, 2004

Personnel Announcement

June 23, 2004

President George W. Bush today announced that he has selected Faryar Shirzad to be Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and Deputy National Security Advisor. Mr. Shirzad will fill the position held by Gary Edson, who left the White House after serving in the office of the National Security Advisor for more than three years.

Mr. Shirzad was previously Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council. Prior to joining the NSC staff, Mr. Shirzad served as Assistant Secretary for Import Administration at the Department of Commerce from 2001 to 2003. Before that, Mr. Shirzad was the Lead International Trade Policy Coordinator for the Bush-Cheney Transition Team. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Shirzad served as the International Trade Counsel on the Majority Staff of the Senate Finance Committee. Prior to his government service, Mr. Shirzad was an international trade attorney for the law firms of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Robins, Kaplan Miller & Ciresi.

Mr. Shirzad earned his law degree from the University of Virginia; a Master's in Public Policy, with a concentration in international trade and finance, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and a B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland.