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SUBJECT:            Ambassadorial Nomination:  Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST:                  State of Israel

CANDIDATE:     Thomas R. Nides

Thomas Nides currently serves as the Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley. A distinguished public servant as well as a business leader, Nides was the U.S. State Department’s Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources from 2010 – 2013.  Earlier, Mr. Nides was Morgan Stanley’s Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary of the Board, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Burson-Marsteller in New York, and the Chief Administrative Officer of Credit Suisse First Boston in Washington, D.C.  He also served as the Senior Vice President of Fannie Mae in Washington from 1998 – 2001.  Mr. Nides distinguished record as a leader, his extensive experience in government as both a policy maker and administrator, and his wide-ranging engagement in the public and private sectors domestically and internationally all make him a well-qualified candidate to be the U.S. Ambassador to the State of Israel.

Mr. Nides also served as Chief of Staff to the U.S. Trade Representative, Micky Kantor, was Senior Advisor to Speaker of the House, Thomas S. Foley and was Senior Advisor to House Majority Whip, Tony Coelho. He currently serves on the boards of the Partnership for Public Service, the International Rescue Committee, the Atlantic Council and the Urban Alliance Foundation.  He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the former Chairman of Board of the Woodrow Wilson Center appointed by President Obama.

Mr. Nides received his B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota.  He is the recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award.

U.S. Department of State

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