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Obama nominates Mark Gilbert as New Zealand ambassador

Obama nominates Mark Gilbert as New Zealand ambassador
U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks during a ceremonial swearing-in of FBI Director James Comey at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC on October 28, 2013. His wife Patrice (2nd L), U.S. President Barack Obama (L) look on. Comey was officially sworn in as director of FBI on September 4 to succeed Robert Mueller, who had served as director for 12 years. UPI/Alex Wong/Pool | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama nominated former Chicago White Sox player Mark D. Gilbert to the post of ambassador to New Zealand, the White House said.

Obama Tuesday announced his intent to nominate officials to 12 key administration posts, including Gilbert, who is a director at Barclays Wealth.

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Other State Department nominations include Robert C. Barber as ambassador to the Republic of Iceland, Bathsheba N. Crocker as assistant secretary for International Organization Affairs, Tina S. Kaidanow as coordinator for counterterrorism with the rank of ambassador at large and Charles H. Rivkin as assistant secretary for Economic and Business Affairs.

Nani A. Coloretti was nominated as chief financial officer for the Treasury Department, Jonathan Elkind as assistant secretary for International Affairs for the Department of Energy, Joseph Hezir as chief financial officer for the Department of Energy, William A. LaPlante Jr. as assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition for the Department of Defense, Ted Mitchell as under secretary for the Department of Education, Massie Ritsch as assistant secretary for Economic and Business Affairs for the Department of Education and Rhea Suh as assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife for the Department of the Interior.

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"I am proud to nominate such impressive men and women to these important roles, and I am grateful they have agreed to lend their considerable talents to this Administration.  I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead," Obama said.

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