Lavin, Franklin L. - from United States
Country of meeting: Durham, NC in the year 1996
Is a former Republican White House aide who was the political director for Ronald Reagan between 1987 and 1989, a United States diplomat, U.S. naval officer, and a bank executive. As Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Lavin headed the International Trade Administration for the United States Department of Commerce from 2005 until 2007.
As of September 2001, Lavin is an officer in the United States Navy's reserve.
A 2005 report by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of State praised Lavin's leadership in this position, calling him "a strong leader with a high degree of intellectual curiosity who wants to be kept well-briefed by all agencies, and yet lets people do their jobs without micromanaging".
Since 2010, Lavin has served as CEO of Export Now, a company dedicated to helping consumer brands sell their products in China.
US Ambassador to Singapore (2001-05)
US National Security Council Deputy Executive Secretary
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