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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 22, 1996


The President today announced his intention to nominate Lino Gutierrez of Florida, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, as Ambassador to the Republic of Nicaragua.

Mr. Gutierrez is currently Director of Policy and Planning Coordination and Press in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs at the Department of State. Mr. Gutierrez entered the Foreign Service in 1977 and has been assigned to postings in Latin America, the Caribbean and Western Europe. His overseas tours include Santo Domingo from 1977 to 1979, Lisbon from 1979 to 1981, Port-au-Prince from 1983 to 1985, and Paris from 1987 to 1990. In October of 1983 Mr. Gutierrez participated in operations on the island of Grenada. Mr. Gutierrez served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d'affaires in Nassau, the Bahamas from 1990 to 1993. Mr. Gutierrez's Washington tours have included service as Officer-In-Charge of Nicaraguan Affairs from 1981 to 1983 and Officer-in-Charge of Portuguese Affairs from 1985 to 1987. In 1993 Mr. Gutierrez was selected to participate in the 36th Class of the Department of State Senior Seminar.

A native of Havana, Cuba, Mr. Gutierrez was born on March 26, 1951. He has a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Alabama. Mr. Gutierrez taught social studies in Dade County, Florida from 1973 to 1975. Mr. Gutierrez and his wife, Miriam, have three daughters, Alicia, Diana and Susie.