Vershbow becomes first American to serve as Deputy Secretary General of NATO

Former Assistant Defense Secretary for International Security Affairs Alexander Vershbow, October 25, 2011

From NATO:  Ambassador Alexander Vershbow takes office as NATO Deputy Secretary General. The NATO Deputy Secretary General is the Alliance’s second most senior international civil servant.

"Ambassador Vershbow is a highly distinguished diplomat who will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to this important post", NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. "I look forward to working with him on the main issues facing the Alliance in the run-up to the NATO summit in Chicago, including our operation in Afghanistan, Missile Defence and Smart Defence".

Ambassador Alexander Vershbow succeeds Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero of Italy who held the post from October 2007 – February 2012.

Ambassador Vershbow previously served as US Assistant Secretary of Defence for International Security Affairs; he was responsible for coordinating US security and defence policies relating to the nations and international organisations of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  He previously served as U.S. Ambassador to NATO (1998-2001), to Russia (2001-2005) and to the Republic of Korea (2005-2008), and earlier as Deputy Permanent Representative to NATO (1991-93).  (photo: Getty)

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