Georgette Mosbacher is co-chair of Three Seas programming at the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center. She is also an internationally recognized entrepreneur, author, public speaker, philanthropist, and diplomat. From 2018 to 2020, she was the first woman to serve as the United States ambassador to Poland.
As ambassador, she led on top diplomatic and security issues in Central European, including tireless advocacy of the Three Seas Initiative. Supported by the Atlantic Council, the Three Seas Initiative is devoted to fostering economic growth, strengthening transatlantic ties, and countering the malign influence of Russia and China in the Central European region.
Previously, Mosbacher negotiated with the US International Development Finance Corporation for a Three Seas Initiative Fund. The one-billion-dollar fund is focused on developing cross border energy, transport, and digital infrastructure in Central Europe, further integrating Central and Western Europe. Also, intent on spurring private-sector investment in the region, she convened the Atlantic Council, the Three Seas Initiative Fund’s investment advisor (Amber Infrastructure), and the regional US Chambers of Commerce, starting a process that continues today. Along with fellow co-chair General James L. Jones, she leads the Atlantic Council’s public-private infrastructure initiative and its first-ever infrastructure project in Central Europe.
As ambassador, Mosbacher also helped conclude an enhanced defense cooperation agreement between the United States and Poland, established a firm construction schedule for the US/NATO Ballistic Missile Defense Site in Poland, and broke through decades of administrative morass to pave the way for Poland to become the first nation added to the US Visa Waiver Program in five years. This last development was so significant that Polish President Andrzej Duda announced the historic news alongside Mosbacher in a rare, national broadcast.
Duda awarded Mosbacher the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. For her contributions to securing base agreements in Poland, US Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy awarded her the Department of the Army’s Distinguished Public Servant Medal, the Department of the Army’s highest civilian award.
Before government service, Mosbacher was a leader in the intensely competitive cosmetics industry. As chief executive officer and owner of Swiss-based La Prairie and chief executive officer and later chair of Italy-born Borghese, Inc., she streamlined and modernized multi-continental manufacturing, built up global supply chains, and refocused product design, formulation, distribution, retail presence, and promotion to significantly increase global reach and sales. As a corporate marketing and management consultant in her own Georgette Mosbacher Enterprises, she helped businesses succeed in nearly one hundred countries.
Mosbacher is the author of two books and the founder of multiple charities, including the New York Center for Children and Protect Our Daughters. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University.