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Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on the Confirmation of Stefan Selig as Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today issued the following statement on the confirmation of Stefan Selig as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA).

“I am very pleased that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Stefan Selig as Under Secretary for International Trade at the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA). ITA has a crucial mission to improve the global business environment and help U.S. companies compete abroad. ITA also ensures a level playing field for U.S. companies through the enforcement of our trade laws and agreements, helps U.S. companies compete at home and abroad, and promotes U.S. trade and investment – all core priorities of our Department’s ‘Open for Business Agenda.’

In this new role, Stefan will help lead our recently launched NEI/NEXT initiative – a program to build on export achievements under President Obama’s National Export Initiative to help even more businesses reach the 95 percent of customers that live outside our borders. I look forward to working with Stefan and the ITA team as we work to expand SelectUSA – the first government-wide program to attract and facilitate more investment in the United States.

As a businessman with more than 30 years of experience in the global marketplace, I am confident in Stefan’s ability to lead ITA as it helps American businesses expand to new markets, create jobs and strengthen our economy. I also want to thank Ken Hyatt for his great work as ITA’s Deputy Under Secretary over the last several months and look forward to continuing to work with him and the rest of the senior leadership team within ITA.”