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Rockwell Schnabel
Ambassador, European Union
Term of Appointment: 10/09/2001 to 06/2005

Rockwell Schnabel, the U.S. Representative to the European Union, was confirmed by the Senate on September 26, 2001. He was sworn in on October 9, 2001. Ambassador Schnabel comes to Brussels from Los Angeles, California, where he was chairman of Trident Capital. Prior to that, he served as president of a California-based investment bank.

From 1989 to 1992, Schnabel served at the Department of Commerce, first as under secretary of commerce for travel and tourism, then as deputy secretary of commerce and finally as acting secretary of commerce. In 1986, Schnabel was confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to Finland, a post he held until 1989. Schnabel was also a member of the Los Angeles Olympic Committee, and served as the envoy to the Netherlands for the 1984 Olympic Games.

"Rockwell Schnabel has extensive experience working with European nations as an international financier, former official at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and past diplomat," President Bush said when announcing Schnabelís nomination to the post. "He will be an excellent representative of the United States to the EU at this critical juncture in our relationship as we work together toward a new global trade round and look to expand our relationship with Europe."

Schnabel received a Medal of Honor from the Netherlands Olympic Committee and a Gold Medal from the Dutch government for work performed for the 1984 Olympic Games. In 1989, the president of Finland awarded him the Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland, and he has also received the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award, the department's highest honor.

The ambassador, who is originally from the Netherlands, is a graduate of that countryís Trinity College. He also holds an honorary doctorate of law degree.



Released on November 21, 2001

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