On Friday, Michael Froman was sworn in as the U.S. trade representative.
“This is a crucial time in America’s recovery, and trade policy can make an important contribution,” he said during his swearing-in ceremony. “As USTR, I intend to use every tool to increase exports of Made-in-America goods and services, level the playing field for our people to compete and win in the global economy and fully enforce our trade rights, while also working to foster development through trade.”
Froman was nominated by President Obama in May. He succeeds Ron Kirk, who resigned from the post in February after serving during Obama's first term.
Froman previously served as deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs and was involved in coordinating White House policy on trade, investments and energy.
In the 1990s, he worked as chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin during the Clinton administration. He was also a managing partner at Citigroup and, before joining the Obama administration, was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.