Kenneth Juster to be new U.S. ambassador to India: White House

Kenneth Juster to be new U.S. ambassador to India: White House”

62-year-old Juster, who is the Deputy Assistant to the U.S. president for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of his National Economic Council, would replace Richard Verma if nominated and confirmed by the Senate.

Kenneth Juster will replace Richard Verma, the first Indian-American to become the US Ambassador to India.

A Harvard alumnus, Juster has a degree in government and public policy from the prestigious institution. He completed his law education at Harvard Law School. Juster served in the State Department during George H.W. Bush presidency and was Deputy Secretary in the Commerce Department during the George W. Bush administration.

He was also the Counselor (Acting) of the U.S. Department of State from 1992 to 1993, and Deputy and Senior Adviser to Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger from 1989 to 1992.

Mr Juster, 62, who is the Deputy Assistant to the United States president for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of his National Economic Council, would replace Richard Verma if nominated and confirmed by the Senate.

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Juster's career has spanned over 35 years in government, law, business, finance, and worldwide affairs.

Juster, a lawyer from Harvard, has deep experience working on India policy issues and the US-India ties.

While the report also said India had endorsed the appointment, sources in New Delhi pushed back, saying the formal stage of "agrément", a diplomatic process in which the host country's assent is sought before announcing the envoy's nomination, had not been reached yet. "Ken Juster has a strong résumé and, while I only met him half a dozen or so times, I know of no reason why he could not serve our country well as ambassador to such an important country as India", Mr. Ross. During that time, he founded and served as U.S. Chair of the U.S. -India High Technology Cooperation Group, and was one of the key architects of the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership initiative between the United States and India.

However, his appointment can hit a roadblock as Warburg Pincus, his former employer, has been reportedly increasing its investments in Indian companies, according to a report in Daily Beast.

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