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President Bush Nominates Gutiérrez for Commerce Post

Bement Confirmed for National Science Foundation

New York, Nov 29, 2004

President George W. Bush has nominated Carlos Gutiérrez , chief executive officer of the Kellogg Co., to be secretary of the Department of Commerce. If confirmed by the Senate, Gutiérrez would replace Commerce Secretary Don Evans, who announced his departure on November 9.

“Carlos Gutiérrez is one of America's greatest business leaders and a great American success story," Bush said at a White House ceremony. “He understands the world of business from the first rung on the ladder to the very top."

Mr. Gutiérrez fled Cuba with his family as a child in 1960 and rose from selling cereal from a van in Mexico City to become the successful head of the Kellogg Company, the largest U.S.-cereal-maker.

Mr. Gutiérrez , 51, joined Kellogg in 1975 and has served in a variety of senior management positions in Latin America, Canada, United States and Asia Pacific. He is credited with significant corporate improvements at the cereal giant, including honing the company’s marketing strategies and reducing debt.

Bement Confirmed as NSF Director
On September 16, President George W. Bush nominated Arden L. Bement Jr. to be director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the remainder of a six-year term ending August 2, 2010. The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination on November 21. Bement will now step down from his post as the director of the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which he has held since December 2001. NIST Deputy Director Hratch G. Semerjian is currently serving as the NIST acting director.

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 universities and institutions.

Said Bement, "This is an extraordinary and inspiring honor for me - and one that I feel very humble in accepting."

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