Juster to replace Verma as US envoy to India

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WASHINGTON: The US Senate on Friday confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee Kenneth Juster as the next US ambassador to India. Mr Juster, 62, is an old India hand who played a key role in the landmark Indo-US civil nuclear deal. He would replace Richard Verma, the first US ambassador of Indian origin in India, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama.
The position has been lying vacant since Jan 20 when Mr Verma resigned after Mr Trump replaced President Obama. Last Friday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had also endorsed Mr Juster’s nomination.
Mr Juster, nominated on Sept 5, has over 35 years of experience as a senior business executive, senior law partner, and senior government official. He founded and served as the US Chair of the US-India High Technology Cooperation Group, and was one of the key architects of the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership initiative between the United States and India.
Most recently, he had served as the Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. Mr Juster holds a law degree from the Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard College.