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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 12, 1994
                          AS AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY

President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate Marc Grossman, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey.

Marc Grossman most recently served as Special Assistant to Secretary of State Warren Christopher and as Executive Director of the Department of State. From 1989-92, Mr. Grossman served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U. S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. An 18- year veteran of the Foreign Service, Mr. Grossman has served overseas in Pakistan and Belgium. His tours in Washington include service as Desk Officer for Jordan, Staff Assistant in the Bureau of Near East and South Asian Affairs and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State, 1986-89.

Mr. Grossman was born in Los Angeles, California on September 23, 1951 and has degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He speaks Turkish and French.

He is married to Mildred Patterson, who is also a Foreign Service Officer. They have a daughter, Anne.