Financial Times (UK) 20aug02
[More on the "Revolving Door" ]
LONDON--A canny early move from Supachai Panitchpakdi, who takes over next month as director-general of the World Trade Organisation. The former Thai deputy premier has irked both Brussels and Washington lately by wading into their transatlantic steel trade dispute and threatening the WTO's traditional consensus by posing as a champion of developing countries.
So Supachai has selected two trade veterans to be his US and European deputies. Britain's Rod Abbott has 30 years' experience as a European Union trade negotiator. Witty and with an ear for well-turned phrases, he knows the mind of Pascal Lamy, cerebral EU trade commissioner. That'll prove invaluable for Supachai as he pushes ahead with the Doha trade round and the inevitable haggling over reducing Brussels' farm subsidies. The US deputy, meanwhile, Rufus Yerxa, has Geneva experience as the US ambassador to Gatt, the WTO's predecessor, where he had a reputation for charming opponents. Yerxa has been international counsel to Monsanto, the bio-technology group. Just the man Supachai will need should the US ever bleat to the WTO about EU restrictions on genetically modified food.
source: http://ngin.tripod.com/210802c.htm 14sep02
Rufus Yerxa Biography
Rufus Yerxa is Monsantos Chief Counsel and Head of Government Public Affairs for Europe. Previously he served as US Ambassador to the GATT in Geneva and as Chief Deputy USTR during the 1st Clinton Administration, when he played a key role in the Uruguay Round Negotiations. He was also a Partner in the Brussels Office of Akin Gump, Strauss Hauer & Feld, specialising in EC and International Trade Matters.
source: http://www.jus.uio.no/lm/cm.conferences/ih.and.tr_2001.html#to232 14sep02
photo source: http://www.nama.org/programs/programs-issuesforum.html
Ambassador Rufus H. Yerxa has served as a Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Envoy to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, in Geneva, Switzerland, since 1989. Prior to 1989, Ambassador Yerxa served as the Assistant Chief Counsel of the House Ways and Means Committee and Staff Director of its Subcommittee on Trade. From 1977 to 1981, he was the Legal Advisor to the Chairman of the International Trade Commission. An attorney and a member of the Washington State and District of Columbia Bars, Yerxa is a graduate of the University of Washington and the University of Puget Sound, and holds an LL.B. in international law from Cambridge University.
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