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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 2, 1993


The President announced today that he intends to nominate Victor Jackovich to be Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovinia, Walter Slocombe to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Ellen Haas to be Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Food and Consumer Service. In addition, the President today designated William Hathaway to be Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission, and appointed of William Timbers to be Transition Manager at the U.S. Enrichment Corporation.

Victor Jackovich was previously nominated for the position of Chief of Mission to Bosnia and Herzogovinia, and has spent the past several months in Geneva actively engaged in negotiations aimed at a solution to the problems in the former Yugoslav republics. He is a career officer with the United States Information Agency who is fluent in Russian, Romanian, SerboCroatian, Ukranian, and Bulgarian. His last overseas assignment was as Cultural Affairs Officer in Moscow where he managed the large bilateral exchange program and helped negotiate a major cultural agreement.

Walter Slocumbe, who was Director of the Defense Department's SALT Task Force from 1977-81, is currently a partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Caplin & Drysdale, which he has been associated with since 1971. At the same time as his work on the SALT Task Force, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, and as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning. He served on the National Security Council staff from 1969-70, and was a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Following his graduation from Harvard Law School in 1968, he served as a Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas. Slocumbe is a graduate of Princeton University and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford.


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Ellen Haas is the Founder of Public Voice for Food and Health Policy, and has been its Executive Director since its formation in 1982. She was previously Director of the Community Nutrition Institute's Consumer Division, and Acting Executive Director of the National Consumers League. From 1973-75, she was Montgomery County, Maryland's Consumer Education Director. A former teacher of American History, Haas is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

William Hathaway, a former Congressman and Senator from Maine, has been a member of the Federal Maritime Commission since 1990. He served in the House of Representatives from 1965-72, and was a member of the Appropriations, Education and Labor, and Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committees until his election to the Senate, where he served from 1973-78. Prior to his election to Congress, Hathaway had been a Hearing Examiner with the Maine Liquor Commission, Assistant Adroscoggin County Attorney, and a lawyer in private practice. From 1979-90, he was Of Counsel to the firm of Patton, Boggs, and Blow, and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Maine Law School. A World War II veteran, Hathaway holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University.

William Timbers is President of the Timbers Corporation, an investment banking and financial advisory service working with the energy and natural resources industries. He also serves as an advisor on energy issues to the U.S. Department of Energy. He was previously a managing director of Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co., Inc. He has also advised the Treasury, Defense, and Agriculture Departments on various issues, and has testified before a number of Congressional Committees. Timbers is a graduate of Allegheny College and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.