WASHINGTON - The
White House has announced President Bush's intention to nominate Associate U.S.
Trade Representative Josette Sheeran Shiner to be a Deputy U.S. Trade
Representative, with the rank of Ambassador. The nomination will require Senate
approval. Ambassador Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., who currently holds the position, is
resigning to return to the private sector in his home state of Utah, where he
will become Chairman and CEO of Huntsman Family Holdings Corporation.
"I'm very pleased
that President Bush has announced his intention to nominate Josette Shiner to be
one of the USTR deputies. She has played a key role in helping us regain
American trade leadership by launching global trade negotiations in Doha,
securing Trade Promotion Authority, and advancing U.S. Free Trade Agreements,"
Zoellick said. "Josette will now help us press our trade liberalization agenda
forward by supervising a number of our important negotiating teams."
"Jon Huntsman has
been a terrific asset and an integral member of our team here at USTR. His
wisdom, judgment and counsel have proven invaluable in managing our trade
relations, particularly with Asia, a region he knows well. Everyone at USTR will
miss Jon and we all wish him the best as he returns home to Utah. He has worked
tirelessly to advance the economic interests of American exporters,
entrepreneurs, farmers and workers," Zoellick said.
There are two
other Deputy USTRs, Ambassador Peter Allgeier, and the U.S. representative to
the WTO, Ambassador Linnet Deily.
Josette S. Shiner
has served as the Associate USTR for Policy and Communications since May 16,
2001. She has been a key policy strategist on trade and globalization issues and
supervised both USTR's communications and outreach operations as well as efforts
to solve specific negotiating and policy problems.
Ms. Shiner helped
direct the U.S. preparation and participation in the WTO trade talks in Doha,
Qatar in November 2001. During her tenure as Associate USTR, Ms. Shiner has
participated in many negotiations, including those that led to China's and
Taiwan's WTO accession and the launch of the U.S.-South African Customs Union
Free Trade Agreement.
In addition to
her engagement with all important trade issues, Ms. Shiner directly supervised
USTR policy offices dealing with industry, environment, and labor affairs.
Helping to forge effective environment and labor policies became a key part of
the successful effort to reestablish the executive-legislative trade
partnership, which was embodied in Congressional approval of Trade Promotion
Authority (TPA) in 2002.
directed USTR outreach to the public and private sectors, expanding domestic
support for trade and putting in place a plan to expand Congressional and public
participation in the Doha negotiations. She implemented a new series of
briefings and discussions for Congressional staff, USTR's trade advisors, the
press and the public using the Internet. These webcasts provided live, up-to-the
minute briefings by U.S. negotiators and trade specialists to interested U.S.
Ms. Shiner has a
wide-ranging background in policy, journalism and business. Before joining USTR,
she was a managing director of Starpoint Solutions, a Wall Street technology
firm that works with Fortune 500 clients. Prior to Starpoint, she served as
President and Chief Executive Officer of Empower America, founded by Ambassador
Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Jack Kemp and Bill Bennett, where she developed its agenda
of technology policy, trade, education reform and tax reform.
Ms. Shiner was a
journalist for more than two decades. After serving as an international
correspondent, she became deputy managing editor and then managing editor of the
Washington Times. She has twice served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, including for
foreign reporting. Ms. Shiner is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In March 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Ms. Shiner to the President's
Task Force on Puerto Rico's Status. She has served on a number of boards,
including the Washington Urban League, and has received numerous journalistic
awards including the Press Award for Journalistic Achievement by the National
Order of Women Legislators and a national award for developing and promoting
African-American journalists. In 1997, Washingtonian magazine named Ms. Shiner
as one of Washington's 100 Most Powerful Women. Originally from West Orange, New
Jersey, Ms. Shiner is a graduate of the University of Colorado.
Jon M. Huntsman,
Jr. served as Deputy United States Trade Representative with the rank of
Ambassador. He was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on August
Huntsman oversaw USTR activities with Africa and Asia. He played an important
role in launching global trade negotiations in Doha, Qatar in November 2001,
particularly in the process of assisting the simultaneous accession of China and
Taiwan into the WTO. He participated in the development of the Administration's
Enterprise for ASEAN Initiative (EAI), an initiative to advance trade
liberalization between the U.S. and the region, through which countries within
the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are working
Ambassador Huntsman directed U.S. trade liberalization efforts at APEC meetings.
He played an important role in helping to complete the Singapore FTA, as well as
laying a firm foundation upon which to launch the just started FTA negotiations
with Australia. In addition, he managed and led U.S. trade efforts with Japan,
to deregulate and open up its economy. Ambassador Huntsman also helped to launch
or re-energize Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFAs) and trade
dialogues with countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri
Lanka, India, Pakistan, China, Korea, Vietnam and several nations of sub-Saharan
Ambassador Huntsman served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Huntsman
Corporation, a private firm, with annual sales of $8 billion and over 16,000
employees around the world. Mr. Huntsman also served as President and CEO of the
Huntsman Cancer Foundation, which is responsible for the Huntsman Cancer
Institute at the University of Utah..
Mr. Huntsman has
spent much of his career in public service. Earlier, he served as United States
Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, where following unanimous Senate
confirmation, Mr. Huntsman became the youngest U.S. Ambassador in recent
history. Later, he was Honorary Counsul General of the Republic of Singapore.
Mr. Huntsman's prior government experience includes service as U.S. Deputy
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, and earlier
as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the Trade Development Bureau. He
also served as a White House staff assistant during President Reagan's first
term. While residing in Utah he was named by Governor Mike Leavitt as Chairman
of Envision Utah, a public/private partnership tasked with developing the
state's growth strategies for the future.
Huntsman was born in Palo Alto, California and is a graduate of the University
of Pennsylvania. He is married to the former Mary Katherine Cooper of Orlando,
Florida. They have six children, one of whom was recently adopted from China.
Mr. Huntsman's foreign language is Mandarin Chinese, which he has studied for
over 20 years. He was named by the World Economic Forum in Switzerland as a
Global Leader for Tomorrow.