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Senate Confirms 13 Ambassadors
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Philip Lader
  • France: Felix G. Rohatyn
  • Canada: Gordon D. Giffin
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Richard Dale
  • U.S. Special Representative for Military Stabilization in the Balkans at the Department of State: James W. Pardew
  • Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues at the Department of State: David J. Scheffer
  • United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform: Richard Sklar
  • Republic of Belarus: Daniel V. Speckhard
  • Republic of Lithuania: Keith C. Smith
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Anne Marie Sigmund
  • Co-operative Republic of Guyana: James F. Mack
  • Republic of Paraguay: Maura Harty
  • Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary: Peter Burleigh


  • Philip Lader


    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Philip Lader of South Carolina served as the administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. His prior service in the Clinton Administration includes assistant to the President and White House deputy chief of staff, as well as deputy director for management of the Office of Management and Budget. Working directly with Vice President Gore on the Administration’s “reinventing government” agenda, he chaired the National Performance Review’s policy committee, as well as the President’s Management Council and the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency, composed of the government-wide inspectors general. Mr. Lader previously was president of Sea Pines Co., a developer/operator of recreation communities. In addition, he served as executive vice president of Sir James Goldsmith’s U.S. holding company and as president of universities in South Carolina and Australia.
    He earned a B.A. with distinction in political science from Duke University in 1966 and an M.A. in history from the University of Michigan in 1967. He completed graduate studies in law and English constitutional history at Oxford University in 1967-68, and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1972. He is an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford University. He is married to Linda LeSourd Lader, a trustee of the American International University in London. Mr. Lader and his wife co-founded, in 1981, Renaissance Weekends, family retreats for innovative leaders. They have two daughters, Mary Catherine and Whitaker.


    Felix G. Rohatyn


    France: Felix G. Rohatyn of New York, N.Y., is internationally recognized as one of the preeminent experts in corporate mergers and acquisitions, public policy and business economics. He retired this year as a managing director of the New York investment banking house, Lazard Freres and Co., which he joined in 1948. He became a partner in 1960. Mr. Rohatyn also chaired the Municipal Assistance Corporation for the City of New York from 1975-93, and directed the negotiations that restructured the city’s obligations during the fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s. He is a former governor of the New York Stock Exchange.
    He earned a B.A. in physics from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1949, and he has received honorary degrees from several universities. He is on the board of directors of Pfizer, Inc. and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a vice chairman of Carnegie Hall and is on the boards of trustees of a number of other non-profit organizations. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1983, and was promoted to the rank of commander in 1995. He is married to Elizabeth Rohatyn, who chairs The New York Public Library.


    Gordon D. Giffin


    Canada: Gordon D. Giffin is currently a partner with the Atlanta firm of Long, Aldridge and Norman. He presently serves on the board of directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corp., Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Trees Atlanta Foundation, the Atlanta Historical Society and The Atlanta Ballet. Mr. Giffin has been an adjunct professor of law at Emory University School of Law. From 1979 to 1984, he was with the law firm of Hansell and Post. Prior to 1979, Mr. Giffin served as director of Legislative Affairs and chief counsel to U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. In 1974, he served as an associate attorney at McCurdy, Candler and Harris in Decatur, Ga.
    Mr. Giffin lived in Montreal and Toronto for 17 years. He earned a B.A. from Duke University in 1971 and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 1974. Mr. Giffin is married to Patti Alfred Giffin. They have one daughter, Kelley.


    Richard Dale Kauzlarich


    Bosnia and Herzegovina: Richard Dale Kauzlarich, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, is from Moline, Ill. He has served as ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan since April 1994. From April 1993 to April 1994, Ambassador Kauzlarich was principal deputy to the ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the Secretary of State on the New Independent States. From 1991 to 1993, he was deputy assistant secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs, where he was responsible for relations with the former Soviet Union and regional economic issues. Ambassador Kauzlarich has also served as director of State’s Operations Center, director of the Office of Regional Political and Economic Affairs in the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs, deputy director of the Policy Planning Staff, deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, and in three assignments in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. Ambassador Kauzlarich has served abroad at U.S. embassies in Tel Aviv, Addis Ababa and Lome. He has an A.A. in social sciences from Black Hawk College in Moline and a B.A. from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind. He also holds M.A. degrees in political and administrative development from Indiana University and in applied economics from the University of Michigan. He speaks French and Azeri. He is married to the former Anne Elizabeth Bregstone. They have a daughter, Terri L. Skender. Their son, Richard D. Kauzlarich Jr., is deceased.


    James W. Pardew

    U.S. Special Representative for Military Stabilization in the Balkans at the Department of State: James W. Pardew of Springfield, Va., holds the rank of ambassador during his tenure of service.
    Prior to joining State, Mr. Pardew served as the Secretary of Defense representative to the U.S. peace negotiating team at the Dayton peace talks involving the former Yugoslavia. Before joining Ambassador Holbrooke on the negotiating team, he was director of the Balkan Task Force in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Pardew is the recipient of the Secretary of State is Distinguished Service Award, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.
    Mr. Pardew was born in Memphis. He received a B.S. degree from Arkansas State University in 1966 and a master’s degree in political science from Loyola University of Chicago in 1973. Mr. Pardew completed service in the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2) and Bronze Star (2). He is married to Kathy Pardew. They have three sons.


    David J. Scheffer

    Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues at the Department of State: David J. Scheffer of Ashburn, Va., currently serves as senior adviser to the Secretary of State. During the President’s first term, he was senior adviser and counsel to former U.N. Ambassador Madeleine K. Albright, working extensively on war crimes issues and national security matters. Prior to joining State, Mr. Scheffer was an attorney with the international law firm of Coudert Brothers, an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations; a senior consultant of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives; and a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He earned an A.B. degree in government and economics from Harvard College in 1975, a J.D. from Oxford University in 1978 and an LL.M degree in international and comparative law from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978. Mr. Scheffer is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars.
    In his capacity as Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues, Mr. Scheffer will report directly to the Secretary of State and advise her on U.S. efforts to address serious violations of international humanitarian law. He will coordinate work on war crimes issues, such as support for the Yugoslav and Rwanda War Crimes Tribunals, and develop policy initiatives on mechanisms of accountability for war crimes.


    Richard Sklar

    United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform: Richard Sklar of San Francisco has a distinguished and honored 40-year career in private and public sector management. He has earned a national reputation for management and organization reform of troubled private and public sector enterprise. Prior to joining State, Mr. Sklar served as president of the San Francisco-based construction management firm of O’Brien Kreitzberg, Inc. Most recently, he served as the special representative of the President and Secretary of State for civilian implementation in Bosnia.
    In his new job, Mr. Sklar will have principal oversight of all matters relating to U.N. reform, financial and administrative management and interaction with U.S. business.
    Mr. Sklar is a native of Baltimore. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1957. Following graduation, he served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army. He is married to Barbara Sklar. They have four children.


    Daniel V. Speckhard

    Republic of Belarus: Daniel V. Speckhard, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, is from Wisconsin. He began his federal career as a Presidential management intern in 1982; he served at the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development and on the Senate Small Business Committee. In 1984, Mr. Speckhard joined the international division of the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. In 1990, he became an adviser to the Deputy Secretary of State. In 1992, he became director of policy and resources for the deputy secretary. He was responsible for coordinating international programs to support foreign policy initiatives. Since 1993, Mr. Speckhard has been a deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for the New Independent States. Over the past four years, he has worked to advance U.S. foreign policy interests on a broad range of political, economic and security issues involving the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union.
    Mr. Speckhard completed his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he also earned master’s degrees in economics, public policy and administration. Mr. Speckhard speaks Russian. He is married to Dr. Anne Speckhard. They have three children.


    Keith C. Smith

    Republic of Lithuania: Keith C. Smith, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, is from California. He joined the Foreign Service in 1962. Throughout his tenure, he has served in Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Hungary, Norway and Estonia. He was deputy chief of mission in Hungary from 1983 to 1986 and in Norway from 1986 to 1989. From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Smith was special adviser on U.S. assistance to Eastern Europe; and from 1992 to 1994, he was director of Policy and Public Affairs in the Bureau of European Affairs. In 1994, Mr. Smith was Charge d’Affaires in Estonia, and in 1995 he joined the Foreign Service Institute as director of Foreign Area Studies.
    Mr. Smith attended Brigham Young University and the University of Texas. He speaks Hungarian, Spanish and Norwegian, and is studying Lithuanian. Mr. Smith is married to Nina Brambani Smith.


    Anne Marie Sigmund

    Kyrgyz Republic: Anne Marie Sigmund, a career member of the Foreign Service, is from Washington, D.C. She was counselor of the U.S. Information Agency. Since joining USIA in 1970, her assignments have included press attache in Belgrade (1984-88); public affairs officer in Tegucigalpa (1988-89); public affairs adviser for the Bureau of Latin American Affairs at State (1989-90); public affairs officer in Warsaw (1991-93); director of the Office of Eastern European and New Independent States Affairs (1994-96), as well as assignments in Leningrad, Moscow, Budapest, Managua and Buenos Aires.
    Ms. Sigmund graduated from the University of Kansas in 1968 with a B.A. in Russian and Slavic area studies. She received her master’s degree in Russian from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1970. She speaks Russian, Polish, Serbian and Spanish.


    James F. Mack

    Co-operative Republic of Guyana: James F. Mack, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, is from Virginia. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, then joined the Foreign Service in 1966. His first diplomatic posting was to Saigon as a political reporting officer. He returned to State in 1970 and served as the South Vietnam analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. From 1971-79, Mr. Mack held the positions of political/labor officer in San Jose, Costa Rica; labor officer in Sao Paulo, Brazil; and principal officer in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal. His subsequent positions have been as Guatemala/Belize desk officer and chief of the Office of Labor/Management Relations at State; political counselor in San Salvador, El Salvador; deputy chief of mission in Asuncion, Paraguay; director of the Office of Andean Affairs at State; and deputy chief of mission in Quito, Ecuador. Currently, Mr. Mack is the deputy chief of mission at the American Embassy in Lima, Peru.
    Mr. Mack graduated from Cornell University in 1963 with a degree in government. He is married to Sheila Marvin Mack, and they have four children. They both speak Spanish, Portuguese and Vietnamese.


    Maura Harty

    Republic of Paraguay: Maura Harty, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, is from Florida. She entered the Foreign Service in 1981, serving first as a vice consul in Mexico City. As a career consular officer, Ms. Harty has held consular assignments in Bogota and Madrid as well as several domestic tours at State. In the mid 1980s, Ms. Harty served as a staff officer in the Operations Center and in the Executive Secretariat. She has also served twice in the office of the Secretary of State, first as a special assistant to then Secretary George P. Shultz and most recently as executive assistant to former Secretary Warren Christopher.
    Ms. Harty has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is married to James F. Larner, a senior forensic document analyst with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.


    Peter Burleigh

    Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary: Peter Burleigh of Los Angeles served as ambassador to the Democratic and Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and to the Republic of Maldives. He has held several positions at State, including principal deputy assistant secretary for Personnel; coordinator of the Office of Counterterrorism; principal deputy assistant secretary for Intelligence and Research; deputy assistant secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs; and deputy chief of mission in Nepal. Ambassador Burleigh earned a B.A. from Colgate University in 1963.
    In his new role as deputy, Ambassador Burleigh will also represent the United States in the Security Council and other major U.N. bodies, head the U.S. delegations to international meetings in New York and deal directly with the Secretary-General and other ranking U.N. officials. ~

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