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NFTC Chairman Appointed Deputy Director-General of the WTO

Washington D.C. – National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) President Rufus Yerxa today applauded the announcement by World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevedo that he has appointed Ambassador Alan Wolff, Chairman of the NFTC, as his Deputy Director-General.

"I have known and worked with Alan Wolff for many years, both inside and out of government, and I am extremely pleased that the WTO has reached out to appoint someone with his experience, knowledge and wisdom as the next American Deputy Director-General.

"Most recently, he has been an outstanding and transformative leader of U.S. business interests as Chairman of our organization. As Deputy Director-General, Alan will play an important role in helping people understand the benefits of global trade and the importance of good agreements. We will miss his leadership in NFTC, but we understand the critical role that he will play in this era of uncertainty and change."

Ambassador Wolff will serve alongside existing Deputy Directors-General Yonov Frederick Agah of Nigeria, Karl Brauner of Germany and Yi Xiaozhun of China during Azevedo's second term, beginning on September 1, 2017.


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