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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2005
  Contact: Christine Gunderson/Dan Nelson
(202) 482-4883

GUTIERREZ LAUDS SENATE FOR VOTING TO CONFIRM
FRANKLIN L. LAVIN AS UNDER SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez today praised the U.S. Senate for voting to confirm Franklin L. Lavin as Under Secretary for International Trade.

"I applaud the Senate for voting to confirm Frank Lavin as Under Secretary for International Trade," U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez said. "We welcome him back to Commerce and look forward to having his leadership and expertise in international trade issues as we continue to work toward opening new markets for American goods and services.

Before joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Lavin served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, from 2001-2005. Between 1996 and 2001, Lavin worked as a banker and venture capitalist in Hong Kong and Singapore. He served in senior banking and management positions primarily within the multinational corporate group of Citibank and Bank of America.

During the George H. W. Bush administration, Lavin served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia and the Pacific. In that position, he was responsible for commercial policy, assisting companies with market access, and trade negotiations for all of East Asia, except Japan.

During the Reagan administration, he served in the White House as Director of the Office of Political Affairs, assisting President Reagan with the management of domestic political issues, most notably with then-Vice President Bush's candidacy for President. Lavin also served on the Reagan National Security Council Staff under National Security Advisers Carlucci and Powell, as Deputy Executive Secretary. In this capacity, he was responsible for planning state visits and summit meetings, including the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit in Reykjavik. Previously, Lavin had held staff positions at the White House and the U.S. Department of State.

Lavin earned a B.Sc.F.S. at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He went on to earn an M.Sc. in Chinese Language and History from Georgetown, an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University, and an M.B.A. in Finance at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lavin, an Ohio native, is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves.

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