WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council announced today that John F.W. Rogers, a Goldman Sachs executive and government service veteran, has been elected as Chairman of its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2019. Rogers succeeds General James L. Jones USMC (ret.), who served as Atlantic Council Chairman from 2007 to 2009 and again since 2017. 

Rogers has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, as a key figure in management in the executive branch, as a leader in the financial services industry, and as trustee or chairman of some of the nation’s most important non-profit institutions. 

Said General Jones, who will remain on the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council board as Executive Chairman Emeritus, “John wants to make a contribution that affects our national destiny and our leadership role in the world, and he has the rich skills to do so. That he believes that the Atlantic Council is the place where he would like to make that contribution is a compliment to all of us.” 

Said Atlantic Council President/CEO Frederick Kempe: “John brings to us a unique understanding of the interaction between global financial and political landscapes. We are fortunate that he will share his tireless commitment to public service and constructive US leadership with us at this crucial historic moment.

Rogers currently serves as Executive Vice President of Goldman Sachs and Secretary to the Board of Directors. He oversees Executive Administration and is responsible for the firm’s corporate affairs functions, including public, investor and government relations, as well as corporate engagement. Rogers previously served as Under Secretary of State for Management at the US Department of State from 1991 to 1993. Earlier, Mr. Rogers served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury from 1985 to 1987 and as an Assistant to the President of the United States at the White House from 1981 to 1985.

I am honored that the Atlantic Council has entrusted me with this position at this critical moment in the organization’s history” said Rogers. “We live in an era of unprecedented change and disruption. The Atlantic Council’s mission of ‘working together to secure the future’ has seldom been more important. I look forward to working with the Atlantic Council’s extraordinary board of directors, leadership, and team to advance its cause.

Mr. Rogers has broad interests outside of business. He serves as a life trustee and treasurer of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Board of the White House Historical Association, and Vice Chairman of the Board of the American Academy in Rome.

The Search Committee, led by Atlantic Council Executive Vice Chairs Adrienne Arsht and Stephen Hadley, included candidates from many diverse backgrounds.

Said Arsht, “The search committee spent considerable time looking for the best candidate to lead the Atlantic Council’s board. In John F.W. Rogers, we have found that leader. 

John has a rich blend of experience in the private and public sectors” said Hadley.  “He has the integrity, expertise and skill to join us in our mission to work with our global partners and allies to shape the future.

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