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U.S. Chamber Names Lebedev to Top International Post

Thursday, March 8, 2001 - 7:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Chamber of Commerce announced today that Executive Vice President and COO Greg Lebedev will lead the business group's International Policy and National Security programs.

Before joining the Chamber in 1998, Lebedev was a Senior Partner of the Hay Group, one of the largest management-consulting firms in the world. Lebedev served on Hay's Executive Committee and led consulting assignments in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East; immediately after which he directed projects associated with the reconstruction of Kuwait following the Gulf War. Lebedev also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State on two occasions, including a tour as Assistant Inspector General of Foreign Assistance at the appointment of President Gerald Ford.

"Greg Lebedev has a unique grasp of the needs, opportunities and challenges facing American business in the international arena," said Thomas Donohue, Chamber president and CEO. "His depth of experience in policy, management, law, international economics and security issues makes him an ideal choice to lead this increasingly critical component of the Chamber's agenda."

The Chamber's international priorities include promoting fair trade agreements; building congressional support for Trade Promotion Authority; ending U.S. unilateral trade sanctions; and early action on the Free Trade of the Americas Agreement.

Lebedev, who will also continue in his role as Managing Director of the National Chamber Foundation, replaces Ambassador L. Craig Johnstone, who is leaving the Chamber but will continue to play an active role in the Center for Corporate Citizenship, an organization he and the Chamber created to organize member humanitarian and philanthropic efforts around the world.

"Craig Johnstone is a dedicated internationalist who has made important contributions to the Chamber. We look forward to his continued counsel and participation with the Center and in our other global initiatives," said Donohue.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region. Affiliated with the U.S. Chamber are more than 90 American Chambers of Commerce abroad and the Center for International Private Enterprise, a nonprofit forum that promotes economic reform, private enterprise and democracy around the world.

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