Jamaica Names New U.S. Ambassador

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CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tues. Mar. 30, 2010: Jamaica`s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Kenneth Baugh, has named a new ambassador to the U.S., confirming months of rumor and speculation.

Businesswoman, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Paymaster (Jamaica Limited), Audrey Marks, was yesterday officially named to the new post.

She will replace Ambassador Anthony Johnson, former Senator, Member of Parliament and University Lecturer, who will be moved to the Jamaican High Commission in London to serve as the top diplomat there.

Both Marks and Johnson are set to take over the posts officially in May. Johnson will replace Ambassador Burchell Whiteman, who retired earlier this year.

Marks, who has also started and operated six previous businesses, including a 100-acre banana exporting farm, transportation company, and a real estate sales and development company, will also take over from Ambassador Johnson in the post as the Organization of American States.

Johnson took up his posting in Washington in January 2008 succeeding Professor Gordon Shirley, Principal of the University of the West Indies. Marks takes over at a time when the U.S. has been critical of Jamaica`s policy regarding extradition.

 

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