Froman Takes Up Post at USTR as President Names His Replacement at White House
Michael Froman was officially sworn in as U.S. trade representative on June 21. Froman used the occasion to state his intent 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.”
Also on June 21 President Obama announced the appointment of Caroline Atkinson to replace Froman as deputy national security advisor for international economics. Atkinson has served as special assistant to the president for international economic affairs since August 2011 and according to a White House press release “has played a central role in the administration's response to the European financial crisis, supported work in the G-8 and G-20 and led the interagency efforts on the economic response to the Arab Spring.” In her new role she will serve as the president’s senior international economic advisor, coordinating the policymaking process and driving the execution of policy on international economic affairs, including financial, trade and investment, development, energy and environmental issues. Previously in her career Atkinson was a senior executive with the International Monetary Fund and served as senior deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for international monetary and financial policy.