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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 6, 1998
                       PERSONAL RANK OF AMBASSADOR

The President today announced his intent to appoint Ralph B. Everett to the Personal Rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as the Chair of the U.S. Delegation to the 1998 International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference, which will be held October 12 - November 6, 1998, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mr. Ralph Everett, of Alexandria, Virginia, is a partner in the international law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. A Managing Partner of the Washington Office for four years, he has broad legislative and public policy experience and is the head of the firm's federal legislative practice group. He formerly served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. He has also served as the Committee's Minority Chief Counsel and Staff Director; as Legislative Assistant and Special Assistant to Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC), and as Administrative Assistant for Legal Affairs for the North Carolina Department of Labor. He has been active in public matters, including service as a member of the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and as Secretary of the Center for National Policy.

Mr. Everett is a graduate of Morehouse College and Duke University Law School.