THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES KATHRYN LINDA HAYCOCK PROFFITT AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE REPUBLIC OF MALTA
President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Kathryn Linda Haycock Proffitt as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Malta.
Ms. Proffitt, of Arizona, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Call-America, a telecommunications enterprise which she founded in 1982. She is a nationally recognized leader in the telecommunications industry, also serving as Vice Chairman of the Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel) and as a Director for ICG Communications, Inc. Ms. Proffitt has represented the United States at several international conferences. She served as a business delegate and lead-in speaker to the Information Society and Development (ISAD) Conference in Midrand, South Africa, in May 1996. This ministerial conference emphasized the unique challenges facing developing countries in entering the Global Information Society. Ms. Proffitt was a U.S. delegate at a conference sponsored by the United States Information Agency (USIA) in Berlin earlier this year, entitled U.S.-European Relations: Towards the 21st Century. She also participated in USIA programming in Sweden on competitive telecommunications, including discussions regarding Sweden's implementation of the World Trade Organization's Telecommunications Agreement. Additionally, in May 1997, she served as a United States entrepreneurial delegate to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) conference in Paris entitled Women Entrepreneurs in Small and Medium Enterprises.
Ms. Proffitt, a former registered dental hygienist, worked for Farm Workers' Family Health Center in Toppenish, Washington, and served as the Acting Director of Dental Hygiene at Yakima Valley College. She is also co-founder and past-president of the East Valley Dental Hygiene Society in Arizona. She attended Portland State University, and graduated in 1972 from the University of Oregon Dental School. In 1973, she completed post-graduate training in restorative dentistry at the University of Washington School of Dentistry.