Charles H. Rivkin began serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs on February 13, 2014, and was sworn in publicly by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on April 15, 2014.
Prior to his appointment, Rivkin served for more than four years as the United States Ambassador to France and Monaco. He was the youngest Ambassador in nearly 60 years to serve as the senior U.S. representative in France, and his confirmation as Assistant Secretary marks the first time a non-career bilateral ambassador has led the EB bureau.
Prior to his government service, Ambassador Rivkin worked in the media sector for over 20 years where he served as President and CEO of award-winning entertainment companies such as The Jim Henson Company and Wildbrain. Rivkin helped engineer the sale of The Jim Henson Company to EM.TV in 2000 for nearly $1 billion. His contribution to the television landscape has influenced generations of viewers, and in 2009 Rivkin was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.
Ambassador Rivkin spent his early childhood in Luxembourg, Senegal, and The Gambia where his father, William R. Rivkin, was the United States Ambassador under Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. In honor of his father, Ambassador Rivkin and his family have proudly presented the U.S. State Department’s annual Rivkin Award, since 1968, encouraging “intellectual courage and constructive dissent” among officers in the U.S. Foreign Service. The award was created in part with the help of Charles Rivkin's godfather, Hubert H. Humphrey.
Ambassador Rivkin received his bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1984, graduating with distinction in political science and international relations. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1988.