• Administration Trade Policy Personnel Update
  • May 10, 2011 | Authors: Gilbert B. Kaplan; Jeffrey M. Telep; Taryn Koball Williams
  • Law Firm: King & Spalding LLP - Washington Office
  • President Obama nominated David Johanson to be a member of the International Trade Commission. Mr. Johanson currently serves as International Trade Counsel on the Republican staff of the Senate Finance Committee. If confirmed, he would reportedly replace Commissioner Charlotte Lane, and his term would expire on December 16, 2018.

    Two nominations also were made for the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Wanda Felton was nominated to be First Vice President for a term expiring January 20, 2013. Ms. Felton owns and runs MAP Capital Advisors, an advisor for private equity firms. She began her career as an Ex-Im Bank loan officer.

    Sean Robert Mulvaney was nominated to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Ex-Im Bank for a term expiring January 20, 2015. Mr. Mulvaney currently serves as director of the Economic Policy Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

    The nominations were sent to the Senate committees of jurisdiction for review. The Senate Finance Committee has jurisdiction over International Trade Commission nominations while the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee’s jurisdiction covers Ex-Im Bank nominations. Typically, a Committee will conduct investigations and hold hearings regarding nominees’ qualifications and suitability for their potential appointments. If a Committee approves the nomination, it will report the nomination to the Senate for full Senate approval. If a nomination is not acted upon by the end of a Congress, it will be returned to the President.