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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 2, 1997
                      AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO SINGAPORE

The President today announced his nomination of Steven J. Green to be United States Ambassador to Singapore.

For more than 25 years, Mr. Green, of Miami, Florida, has been a leader in the field of corporate restructuring and development. Mr. Green is an international industrialist, private investor and philanthropist who is also an active member of the President's Export Council. Most recently, he was Chairman and CEO of Astrum International Corporation and its component companies, Samsonite, American Tourister and Culligan Water Technologies. He directed the international expansion of Astrum including the opening of the first American retailing center in Moscow's Red Square, major expansion of manufacturing facilities in Eastern Europe, the first U.S.-led water purification project in the West Bank, and major expansion of Samsonite and Culligan in India, China and Vietnam.

As a member of the President's Export Council, Mr. Green created the Virtual Trade Mission, a multimedia program for high school and university students designed to increase understanding of the importance of trade and exports to the U.S. economy and the opportunities of the global marketplace. Mr. Green also directs the activities of the Green Family Foundation and serves as a director to a number of national and local Miami charities. Recently, the Green Family Foundation enabled the Florida International University to complete its new library and enhance its art museum. Raised in Miami, Mr. Green attended the University of Miami and the New York Institute of Finance.