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Published on May 29, 2024
President Biden Nominates Mark Angelson as Ambassador to Norway, Michael Heath for Malawi PostSource: The White House

President Joe Biden is beefing up his administration with new nominations for two key overseas posts, the White House announced. Mark Angelson is tapped to represent the United States in the Kingdom of Norway, while Michael G. Heath is set to become the next ambassador to the Republic of Malawi.

Angelson brings a varied background to the table, having previously served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. With a history as a business leader, including stints as Chairman and CEO of Canadian companies and CEO of RR Donnelley, Angelson is no stranger to international dealings. His legal prowess is notable too, with a resume boasting a partnership at Sidley & Austin and time in Singapore, New York, and London. He's also shown a commitment to education, holding positions like chair of the Rutgers University Board of Governors and a teaching spot at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, according to the White House press release.

On the other end, Michael G. Heath is set to fully exploit his diplomatic experience in Malawi. A seasoned member of the Senior Foreign Service, Heath's resume includes a recent role as Deputy Assistant Secretary for West Africa. His diplomatic chops have been honed through various positions, including acting as Charge d’Affaires ad interim in Bangkok and serving as Consul General in Chiang Mai. He's versed in languages, fluent in Chinese, Thai, and French, and touts a B.A. from Stanford University, as per The White House. Heath's commitment to battling human trafficking earned him special recognition from both the Secretary of State and Secretary of Labor.

The appointments come at a time when the administration is aiming to further solidify relations with international allies. Both nominees are pending confirmation from the Senate, and if their significant past experiences are anything to go by, they're expected to play a pivotal role in advancing U.S. interests overseas.