Appointments and Resignations

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Undersecretary for Health, Department of Veterans Affairs: Who Is David Shulkin?

Shulkin’s work has frequently involved looking at managed and accountable care, in which patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. In 2008, for example, he studied why patients who are admitted at night are more likely to die than patients admitted during the day. Also in 2008 he edited the book Questions Patients Need to Ask: Getting the Best Healthcare.   read more

Chair of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board: Who Is Vanessa Allen Sutherland?

Sutherland moved on to cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris in 2004 as counsel. In 2008 she was named a senior counsel for Philip Morris parent Altria in their client services group. She switched to government service in 2011 as chief counsel for the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, where she works as she awaits confirmation.   read more

Chemical Safety Chairman Resigns: Who Is Rafael Moure-Eraso?

Investigations into chemical accidents had backlogged under his leadership and he was accused of getting in the way of the EPA’s inspector general’s investigations. Further, Moure-Eraso and two top executives were caught using personal email accounts to conduct official business. A congressional investigation concluded Moure-Eraso ruined CSB’s workplace, turning it into an “abusive, toxic and hostile” environment. Board members have left in disgust because of CSB’s “level of dysfunction.”   read more

Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services: Who Is Kathryn “Kit” Matthew?

Matthew returned to Charleston in 2005 as director of the Historic Charleston Foundation, serving there until 2008. At that time, she rejoined the corporate world as a product manager for Blackbaud, which develops and markets fund raising and membership software for non-profit organizations. In 2014, Matthew was named chief science educator for Children’s Museum of Indianapolis   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Somalia: Who Is Katherine Dhanani?

Katherine Simonds Dhanani was nominated February 24, 2015, to be the next U.S. ambassador to Somalia. If she’s confirmed, the career Foreign Service officer would be the first ambassador to Somalia since the embassy was closed in 1991. If Dhanani is confirmed, she’ll initially be stationed in Nairobi, Kenya, until a suitable secure facility in constructed in Somalia.   read more

Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management: Who Is Monica Regalbuto?

She joined the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management in 2008 as senior program manager in waste processing. As she awaits confirmation by the Senate, Regalbuto is deputy assistant secretary for fuel cycle technologies in DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy.   read more

Chief Executive Officer, Broadcasting Board of Governors: Who Is Andrew Lack?

In an interview with The New York Times, Lack spoke of the difficulty of his job and said: “We are facing a number of challenges from entities like Russia Today which is out there pushing a point of view, the Islamic State in the Middle East and groups like Boko Haram. But I firmly believe that this agency has a role to play in facing those challenges.” Russia Today, a website and television channel run by the Russian government, blasted the comparison of their organization to terror groups.   read more

South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu?

Mahlangu was elected to South Africa’s parliament in 1994. He was appointed deputy chairman of the National Council of Provinces, the upper house in South Africa’s legislature and became chairman in 2005. In his official biographies, Mahlangu has claimed that he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Fairfax in 1995, but this was actually an unaccredited diploma mill.   read more

Dominican Republic’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is José Tomás Pérez?

Pérez took elective office himself in 2002 as a senator from the Dominican Republic’s national district, serving in that office for four years. In 2007 he was made director of his country’s Civil Aviation Institute and was later caught up in a controversy for overspending on a headquarters building for his agency. Pérez twice sought the PLD nomination for president, in 2008 and 2012, but failed to get it both times.   read more

Iceland’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Geir Haarde?

The crisis drew calls for Haarde’s resignation and he left office in January 2009, ostensibly for treatment for esophageal cancer. He was subsequently indicted for being negligent in his handling of the banking crisis. In April 2012, he was found not guilty of all but one charge—failing to keep his cabinet informed of developments—for which no penalty was levied. Haarde has appealed that conviction.   read more

Vietnam’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Pham Quang Vinh?

Pham Quang Vinh, a longtime member of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), took over as his nation’s ambassador to the United States on November 11, 2014. It’s the first ambassadorial posting for Pham. In 2008 Pham was made an assistant minister for foreign affairs and in 2011 was made deputy minister for South Asia, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. He was also Vietnam’s senior representative to ASEAN.   read more

Director of the National Center for Environmental Assessment: Who Is Kenneth Olden?

At the time, African-Americans were forbidden to attend the University of Tennessee (UT) in that city. As a senior at Knoxville, however, Olden was allowed to do some research at UT, but had to take all his classes back at Knoxville. Olden got a measure of payback for having to attend segregated schools and being forbidden to enroll at his home state’s largest university. In 2004, the University of Tennessee put him on their short list to be named the school’s president.   read more

Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: Who Is Robert Cardillo?

It didn’t take long in office for Cardillo to be forced to deal with an embarrassing incident when, on January 26, 2015, an NGA employee mistakenly flew a drone onto the White House grounds. On the other hand, shortly after Cardillo took over, the NGA created a website to share images to help track the spread of Ebola in West Africa.   read more

Senegal’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Babacar Diagne?

In November 2012, Diagne left his position at RTS and was appointed ambassador to the Gambia, a nation almost entirely surrounded by Senegal. Much of his work involved advocating for Senegalese held in prison in that country, many of them facing death sentences. He also obtained a grant from Senegal’s government to support women’s projects in the Senegalese women’s community in the Gambia. He served there until being sent to Washington in 2014.   read more

Angola’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Agostinho Tavares?

In 2007, Tavares was made head of the Asia and Oceania Department of Bilateral Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His first ambassadorial posting came in 2011 when he was sent to represent Angola in Ottawa, Canada. On August 24, 2014, Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos appointed Agostinho Tavares da Silva Neto to be his ambassador to the United States.   read more

Comoros’ Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Soilihi Mohamed Soilihi?

Soilihi in 2006 was appointed as special delegate to Moroni city hall and the following year he became chief of staff to Comoros’ minister of finance. Soilihi moved to foreign affairs, becoming political counselor to the minister in 2009. In 2010, Soilihi took over as director general of the Office of Radio and Television for Comoros. One of his achievements was to make Comoran television available via satellite.   read more
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Appointments and Resignations

1 to 16 of about 1130 News
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Undersecretary for Health, Department of Veterans Affairs: Who Is David Shulkin?

Shulkin’s work has frequently involved looking at managed and accountable care, in which patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. In 2008, for example, he studied why patients who are admitted at night are more likely to die than patients admitted during the day. Also in 2008 he edited the book Questions Patients Need to Ask: Getting the Best Healthcare.   read more

Chair of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board: Who Is Vanessa Allen Sutherland?

Sutherland moved on to cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris in 2004 as counsel. In 2008 she was named a senior counsel for Philip Morris parent Altria in their client services group. She switched to government service in 2011 as chief counsel for the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, where she works as she awaits confirmation.   read more

Chemical Safety Chairman Resigns: Who Is Rafael Moure-Eraso?

Investigations into chemical accidents had backlogged under his leadership and he was accused of getting in the way of the EPA’s inspector general’s investigations. Further, Moure-Eraso and two top executives were caught using personal email accounts to conduct official business. A congressional investigation concluded Moure-Eraso ruined CSB’s workplace, turning it into an “abusive, toxic and hostile” environment. Board members have left in disgust because of CSB’s “level of dysfunction.”   read more

Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services: Who Is Kathryn “Kit” Matthew?

Matthew returned to Charleston in 2005 as director of the Historic Charleston Foundation, serving there until 2008. At that time, she rejoined the corporate world as a product manager for Blackbaud, which develops and markets fund raising and membership software for non-profit organizations. In 2014, Matthew was named chief science educator for Children’s Museum of Indianapolis   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Somalia: Who Is Katherine Dhanani?

Katherine Simonds Dhanani was nominated February 24, 2015, to be the next U.S. ambassador to Somalia. If she’s confirmed, the career Foreign Service officer would be the first ambassador to Somalia since the embassy was closed in 1991. If Dhanani is confirmed, she’ll initially be stationed in Nairobi, Kenya, until a suitable secure facility in constructed in Somalia.   read more

Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management: Who Is Monica Regalbuto?

She joined the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management in 2008 as senior program manager in waste processing. As she awaits confirmation by the Senate, Regalbuto is deputy assistant secretary for fuel cycle technologies in DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy.   read more

Chief Executive Officer, Broadcasting Board of Governors: Who Is Andrew Lack?

In an interview with The New York Times, Lack spoke of the difficulty of his job and said: “We are facing a number of challenges from entities like Russia Today which is out there pushing a point of view, the Islamic State in the Middle East and groups like Boko Haram. But I firmly believe that this agency has a role to play in facing those challenges.” Russia Today, a website and television channel run by the Russian government, blasted the comparison of their organization to terror groups.   read more

South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu?

Mahlangu was elected to South Africa’s parliament in 1994. He was appointed deputy chairman of the National Council of Provinces, the upper house in South Africa’s legislature and became chairman in 2005. In his official biographies, Mahlangu has claimed that he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Fairfax in 1995, but this was actually an unaccredited diploma mill.   read more

Dominican Republic’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is José Tomás Pérez?

Pérez took elective office himself in 2002 as a senator from the Dominican Republic’s national district, serving in that office for four years. In 2007 he was made director of his country’s Civil Aviation Institute and was later caught up in a controversy for overspending on a headquarters building for his agency. Pérez twice sought the PLD nomination for president, in 2008 and 2012, but failed to get it both times.   read more

Iceland’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Geir Haarde?

The crisis drew calls for Haarde’s resignation and he left office in January 2009, ostensibly for treatment for esophageal cancer. He was subsequently indicted for being negligent in his handling of the banking crisis. In April 2012, he was found not guilty of all but one charge—failing to keep his cabinet informed of developments—for which no penalty was levied. Haarde has appealed that conviction.   read more

Vietnam’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Pham Quang Vinh?

Pham Quang Vinh, a longtime member of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), took over as his nation’s ambassador to the United States on November 11, 2014. It’s the first ambassadorial posting for Pham. In 2008 Pham was made an assistant minister for foreign affairs and in 2011 was made deputy minister for South Asia, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. He was also Vietnam’s senior representative to ASEAN.   read more

Director of the National Center for Environmental Assessment: Who Is Kenneth Olden?

At the time, African-Americans were forbidden to attend the University of Tennessee (UT) in that city. As a senior at Knoxville, however, Olden was allowed to do some research at UT, but had to take all his classes back at Knoxville. Olden got a measure of payback for having to attend segregated schools and being forbidden to enroll at his home state’s largest university. In 2004, the University of Tennessee put him on their short list to be named the school’s president.   read more

Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: Who Is Robert Cardillo?

It didn’t take long in office for Cardillo to be forced to deal with an embarrassing incident when, on January 26, 2015, an NGA employee mistakenly flew a drone onto the White House grounds. On the other hand, shortly after Cardillo took over, the NGA created a website to share images to help track the spread of Ebola in West Africa.   read more

Senegal’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Babacar Diagne?

In November 2012, Diagne left his position at RTS and was appointed ambassador to the Gambia, a nation almost entirely surrounded by Senegal. Much of his work involved advocating for Senegalese held in prison in that country, many of them facing death sentences. He also obtained a grant from Senegal’s government to support women’s projects in the Senegalese women’s community in the Gambia. He served there until being sent to Washington in 2014.   read more

Angola’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Agostinho Tavares?

In 2007, Tavares was made head of the Asia and Oceania Department of Bilateral Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His first ambassadorial posting came in 2011 when he was sent to represent Angola in Ottawa, Canada. On August 24, 2014, Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos appointed Agostinho Tavares da Silva Neto to be his ambassador to the United States.   read more

Comoros’ Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Soilihi Mohamed Soilihi?

Soilihi in 2006 was appointed as special delegate to Moroni city hall and the following year he became chief of staff to Comoros’ minister of finance. Soilihi moved to foreign affairs, becoming political counselor to the minister in 2009. In 2010, Soilihi took over as director general of the Office of Radio and Television for Comoros. One of his achievements was to make Comoran television available via satellite.   read more
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