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Frank George Wisner

Frank George Wisner was American ambassador. Decorated Legion of Honor (Romania); recipient Meritorious Honor award United States Department State, 1973, Superior Honor award, 1992, Distinguished Service award, 1997; recipient Military Medal of Honor Government Vietnam, 1968, Social Welfare Medal of Honor, 1968.

Background

  • Wisner, Frank George was born on July 2, 1938 in New York City. Son of Frank Gardiner W. and Mary Knowles (Fritchey) Wisner.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Princeton University, 1961.

    Career

    • With Foreign Service Department United States Department State, Algiers, Morocco, 1962-1964. From deputy ambassador's staff aide to senior advisor Vietnamese province Tuyen Duc United States Agency for International Development (United States Agency for International Development), Vietnam, 1964-1968. Officer-in-charge Tunisian affairs United States Department State, Washington, 1968-1971.

      Chief economics-commercial section United States Embassy, Tunis, Tunisia, 1971-1973, chief political section Dacca, Bangladesh, 1973-1974. Director plans and management Bureau Public Affairs United States Department State, Washington, 1974-1975. Special assistant to director, then deputy director President' Interagency Task Force for Refugee Resettlement, 1975.

      Special assistant to under secretary for political affairs United States Department State, 1975-1976, director office Southern African affairs Washington, 1976-1977, deputy executive secretary, 1977-1979, United States ambassador to Zambia Lusaka, 1977-1982, deputy assistant secretary for African affairs Washington, 1982-1986, United States ambassador to Egypt Cairo, 1986-1991, United States ambassador to Philippines Manila, 1991-1992, under secretary for international security affairs Washington, 1992-1993. Under secretary for policy United States Department Defense, 1993-1994. United States ambassador to India United States Department State, New Delhi, 1994-1997.

      Vice chairman external affairs American International Group Inc. (American International Group), New York City, 1997—2009. Board directors EOG Resources.

      Trustee American University of Beirut, American University Cairo. Member board business Council International Understanding. Board United States-India Business Council.

      Board refugees International, United Services Organization.

    Religion

    Denomination: Episcopalian

    Membership

    Member Council on Foreign Relations, Metropolitan Club (Washington), Ivy Club (Princeton, New Jersey), Knickerbocker Club (New York ), Brook Club (New York ).

    Connections

    • Married Genevieve de Virel, July, 1969 (deceased 1974). 1 daughter, Sabrina; Married Christine de Ganay, June, 1976. 1 son, David; stepchildren: Caroline Sarkozy, Olivier Sarkozy.
    • father: Frank Gardiner W. Wisner
    • mother: Mary Knowles (Fritchey) Wisner
    • spouses: Genevieve de Virel
    • Christine de Ganay
    • children: Caroline Sarkozy Wisner
    • Olivier Sarkozy Wisner
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    Born July 2, 1938
    Nationality
    • 1961
      Princeton University
    • 1962 - 1964
      With Foreign Service Department United States Department State
      Algiers, Alger, Algeria
    • 1964 - 1968
      from deputy ambassador, 's staff aide to senior advisor Vietnamese province Tuyen Duc United States Agency for International Development (United States Agency for International Development)
      Vietnam
    • 1968 - 1971
      officer, -in-charge Tunisian affairs United States Department State
      Washington, United States
    • 1971 - 1973
      chief economic-commercial section United States Embassy
      Tunis, Tunisia
    • 1973 - 1974
      chief economic-commercial section United States Embassy
      Bangladesh
    • 1974 - 1975
      director, plans and management Bureau Public Affairs United States Department State
      Washington, United States
    • 1975
      special assistant, President' Interagency Task Force for Refugee Resettlement
    • 1975
      then deputy director, President' Interagency Task Force for Refugee Resettlement
    • 1993 - 1994
      under secretary, for policy United States Department Defense
    • 1994 - 1997
      United States ambassador, to India United States Department State
      New Delhi, Delhi, India, India
    • 1997 - 2009
      vice chairman, external affairs American International Group Incorporated (American International Group)
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