Biden appoints ambassadors to Sweden, Belgium, Dominican Republic
President BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US and France canceled due to timing issue Schumer to lift GOP blockade on Biden state. will appoint Erik Ramanathan ambassador to Sweden, Michael Adler ambassador to Belgium and Calvin Smyre ambassador to the Dominican Republic, the president announced on Wednesday.
Ramanathan, who is the candidate for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Sweden, is the Chairman of the Board of a nonprofit health organization, Heluna Health, which focuses on maternal and child health , nutrition, literacy, supportive housing, infectious diseases, others, and COVID-19 efforts.
Previously, he was Executive Director of Harvard Law School’s Legal Profession Program, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at biotech firm ImClone Systems, and Health Counsel at Proskauer Rose LLP.
The White House said in a statement that Ramanathan has been “a leader of the LGBTQ + community for more than three decades and is the recipient of honors, including the Global Vision Award for service to immigrant and immigrant communities. LGBTQ + and HIV + asylum “.
Adler, who is the candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Belgium, is the CEO of the Adler Group, a Florida-based real estate company. The White House touted his company as having played a role in the development of South Florida as a center of international commerce.
Adler was previously president of Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he still serves on the board of directors.
Ramanathan and Adler were both consolidators for Biden’s presidential race in 2020, the Associated Press reported.
Smyre, who is the candidate for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Dominican Republic, is a representative to the Georgia State Assembly, where he served for 47 years and was chairman of the Democratic Caucus for over a decade. He is the longest-serving member of the legislature and serves on the credit and higher education committees.
He is also Chairman Emeritus of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and a member of the National Conference of State Legislators. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Synovus Financial Corporation and served on the Board of Directors of the Medical College of Georgia Foundation.