US Ambassador To Head UN Food Agency

Published January 17, 2012 7:09PM (EST)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ertharin Cousin, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N.'s Rome-based food agencies, has been chosen to head the U.N. World Food Program.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva announced Cousin's appointment Tuesday.

She will replace another American, Josette Sheeran, who will become vice chairman of the World Economic Forum when her term ends in April.

Cousin worked for the Clinton Administration for four years, including as deputy chief of staff for the Democratic National Committee and White House Liaison at the State Department. In 1997 she received a White House appointment to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development.

(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow. Corrects that Graziano heads FAO rather than WFP. New to some points. For global distribution.)

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