January 6, 2000
Morrie Goodman (202) 482-4883
Daniel Cruise (202) 482-3809
New Leadership Welcomed
at the Commercial Service
Clinton designated Marjory Searing as Acting Director General
and Assistant Secretary of the International Trade Administration's
(ITA) U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service in the U.S. Department
of Commerce. Dr. Searing previously served as ITA's Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Asia and the Pacific.
"Dr. Searing brings substantial
trade promotion and management experience to the job, and I'm
pleased she has agreed to take on this assignment," said Secretary
of Commerce William M. Daley. "Her hard work and dedication have
played a critical role in our efforts to create a level playing
field for U.S. exporters around the world."
As Acting Director General,
Dr. Searing is responsible for managing the Commerce Department's
network of 100 domestic Export Assistance Centers and over 140
foreign Commercial Service offices in 74 countries. The Commercial
Service promotes exports, as well as supports U.S. international
commerce interests in both at home and abroad.
In addition, Elizabeth Sears
was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations,
and Valerie Blatnik-Sigel became Deputy Assistant Secretary for
Export Promotion Services. Also, Franklin J. Vargo was named Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Pacific, and Stephen Jacobs
as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Agreements Compliance.
"These appointments are a
win-win situation for Commerce and the business community," said
Commerce Under Secretary for International Trade David L. Aaron.
"Pursuing an aggressive trade and export promotion agenda requires
experienced professionals, and we look forward to continuing our
efforts to help create greater prosperity and more jobs for American