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Indian-American Appointed As Chief Operating Officer Of US Trade Agency

Vinai Thummalapally additionally served as US Ambassador to Belize from 2009 to 2013.


US President Joe Biden on Monday appointed Indian-American former diplomat Vinai Thummalapally because the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the federal company coping with commerce and associated points.

Prior to this appointment, Mr Thummalapally, 66, served because the Executive Director of SelectUSA, a US Department of Commerce initiative that facilitates job-creating enterprise funding into the United States, from 2013 to 2017.

“President Biden has appointed Vinai Thummalapally as USTDA’s Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer. Thummalapally assumes the role of Acting Director of USTDA until a Director is confirmed by the Senate,” USTDA mentioned.

He additionally served as US Ambassador to Belize from 2009 to 2013, when he turned the primary Indian American ambassador in United States historical past.

“The US Trade and Development Agency has a global reputation for excellence, results, and setting the standard for American economic engagement overseas,” mentioned Mr Thummalapally.

“It is an honour to lead this Agency and its exceptional team of professionals. I share their commitment to USTDA’s mission of creating US jobs through exports, supporting the economic growth of the United States, and facilitating the development of sustainable infrastructure overseas using the best of what US industry has to offer,” he mentioned in an announcement.

USTDA, in an announcement mentioned, Thummalapally has greater than 30 years of expertise within the non-public sector, together with most just lately because the Executive Chairman of Red Fort Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs and authorities relations agency, and because the President of MAM-A Inc., a US producer and distributor of archival recordable optical discs.

“His civic leadership experience includes service as a board member of the Indian American Impact Project, a non-profit promoting Indian Americans to run for public office, and as an advisor to the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Victory Fund. He has also served as a board member for Cyient, a global digital engineering and technology company,” USTDA mentioned.

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