Friends of Meridian Receive Cabinet Nominations and Congressional Committee Appointment

Ambassador Stuart W. Holliday, President and CEO of Meridian International Center, extended heartfelt congratulations to three Friends of Meridian who recently received distinguished Cabinet Nominations and a Congressional Committee Appointment.

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) – Nominated to be Secretary of State

Senator John Kerry

Senator Kerry addresses the audience at the Global Dialogue Dinner.

Senator John Kerry, the seventh most senior United States Senator, was nominated to be Secretary of State by President Barack Obama on December 21, 2012.

Senator Kerry is a long-standing friend of Meridian International Center and has been a featured speaker at one of Meridian’s Global Dialogue Dinners. This unique series is an off-the-record forum in which high level members of the congressional and diplomatic communities, as well as U.S. government officials, discuss the central challenges facing both domestic and international policy makers.

As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, and senior member of the Senate Commerce Committee and Senate Finance Committee, Senator Kerry has a distinguished career in effective leadership and governance; and is considered as one of the United States’ most respected experts in foreign and government relations.

Senator Timothy ‘Chuck’ Hagel – Nominated to be Secretary of Defense

Senator Timothy Chuck Hagel

Senator Hagel addresses the audience at the launch of the U.S. Global Leadership Project.

Meridian Friend Senator Timothy ‘Chuck’ Hagel received his nomination as Secretary of Defense from President Barack Obama on Monday, January 7, 2013.

Senator Hagel has a long and distinguished career in service to his country. He represented Nebraska as Senator from 2007 to 2009; and currently serves as Co-Chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, Chairman of the Atlantic Council, and Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at George Washington University.

Senator Hagel is also an invaluable friend to Meridian International Center. In February 2010, he was a key speaker at the launch of the U.S. Global Leadership Project, a joint effort between Meridian and Gallup to provide a comprehensive assessment of how the world views the leadership of the United States.

In 2008, Meridian was privileged to host the launch of Senator Hagel’s book, America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers. Mr. Hagel’s wife, Lilibet, served as a Trustee on Meridian’s Board and co-chaired the 2006 Annual Meridian Ball.

Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) – Appointed as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee

Congressman Ed Royce

Congressman Ed Royce addresses the audience at the roundtable discussion of the U.S.-Global Leadership Project.

Congressman Ed Royce has been selected to chair the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the 113th U.S. Congress. In his role as Chairman, Congressman Royce will lead the committee in implementing the Administration’s foreign affairs agenda. This includes oversight of the Administration’s foreign policies, and the creation of collaborative relationships between the U.S. and countries around the world.

Congressman Royce and his wife, Marie Thérèse Royce, were Congressional Chairs of the Meridian Annual Ball in 2009 and are regular attendees at Meridian’s diplomatic, government and corporate events.

According to Ambassador Stuart Holliday, “Meridian is extremely proud of the nomination and appointment of our friends to these distinguished positions of service. The positions of Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense directly determine the relationship which the United States shares with the rest of the world and, by extension, our economic growth and stability, as well as our security. Similarly, the position of Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is critical to charting the role that the United States will play on the world stage. We see Senator Hagel, Senator Kerry and Congressman Royce as true global leaders who have displayed a strong acuity for navigating the complex waters of international relations, in order to make the United States and the world safer and more secure. Meridian is privileged to have these leaders as friends; and we wish them all great success”.