Obama taps five for top jobs at State, Commerce and VA

President Obama (Photo: EPA/Shawn Thew) (Shawn Thew/EPA)

President Obama said Friday that he would nominate career Foreign Service officer Daniel Bennett Smith, most recently ambassador to Greece, to be assistant secretary of State for Intelligence and Research. Ambassador to Guatemala Arnold A. Chacon, also a career Foreign Service officer, was picked to be director general of the Foreign Service.

At the Commerce Department, Arun M. Kumar, a longtime software and minisupercomputer company executive, is Obama’s pick to be assistant secretary and director general of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, International Trade Administration. Kerry R. Welsh, executive vice president and general counsel for Northern Trust Corp. is to be the Commerce Department’s general counsel.

The White House also announced that Helen Tierney, who heads the office of management at the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be nominated to be the department’s chief financial officer and assistant secretary for management.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.

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