David Thorne was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 24, 2009 and was sworn in on August 17, 2009 as U.S. Ambassador to the Italian Republic and the Republic of San Marino. Ambassador Thorne is a co-founder of Adviser Investments, one of the nation’s most highly regarded firms specializing in Vanguard and Fidelity mutual funds and electronically traded funds. Ambassador Thorne has been an investor and entrepreneur in a wide variety of business ventures, including marketing consulting, real estate, publishing, and financial services. He recently sold his publishing business to Martha Stewart Omnimedia. Ambassador Thorne is a former President and current Board member of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and led the design oversight team for its new building in Boston. He graduated from Yale University in 1966 with a BA in American History and received a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1971. The Ambassador served in the U.S. Navy from 1966-1970 and is author of The New Soldier (Macmillan 1971).