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Felix George Rohatyn
U.S. Ambassador to France

Felix Rohatyn was appointed by President Clinton on July 7, 1997, confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 31, 1997, and sworn into office on August 12, 1997.

Prior to his appointment as U.S. ambassador to France Ambassador Rohatyn was Managing Director of the investment bank Lazard Freres and Company in New York, which he joined in 1948, becoming a partner in 1961. From 1975 to 1993, he was Chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation (MAC) of the City of New York, where he managed the negotiations which enabled New York City to pull itself out of its financial crisis in the late 1970s. He served as a member of the board of governors of the New York Stock Exchange from 1968 to 1972. He also served on the board of directors of several NYSE listed corporations.

Ambassador Rohatyn received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1949 and also has been awarded numerous honorary degrees. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was Vice Chairman of Carnegie Hall and a member of many other non-profit organizations. He is a Commander in the French Legion of Honor.

Ambassador Rohatyn is married to Elizabeth Fly Rohatyn, and has three children. Mrs. Rohatyn was President of the New York Public Library before her arrival in Paris. She has one daughter.

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