The United States’ newly appointed ambassador to Kenya, Margaret (Meg) Cushing Whitman, arrived in Kenya on Monday 1st August and will officially take office after her appointment was confirmed in a unanimous vote by the U.S. Senate as the 18th US Ambassador to Kenya on July 14, 2022.
The 65-year-old billionaire is a tech executive who served as CEO and president of Hewlett Packard (HP). She is also a former CEO of Quibi, a streaming content platform for mobile devices, and a former CEO of eBay, and FTD.
“Ms. Whitman has also been a member of a number of corporate boards of directors, including Procter & Gamble and General Motors. Committed to equality in education and protection of the environment, Ambassador Whitman has been National Board Chair of Teach For America and has been a Member of the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy.” The US Embassy said in a statement.
Whitman holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB in Economics from Princeton University.
U.S. President Joe Biden, who took office on Jan. 20, 2021, announced in December 2021 that the former candidate for Governor of California would be nominated as the new U.S. ambassador to Kenya, replacing Kyle McCarter, a son of evangelicals who resigned earlier in February after Biden took over power.
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