Huntsman tapped to chair the Atlantic Council
Published: January 15, 2014 07:44PM
Updated: January 15, 2014 08:47PM

Washington • Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has been named chairman of the Atlantic Council, a group whose mission includes trade and economic development as well as international security in the transatlantic region.

Huntsman replaces former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, also a Utahn, who had filled in since President Barack Obama tapped Chuck Hagel to serve as secretary of Defense. The new role for Huntsman adds to his growing work on the boards of Caterpillar, Chevron and Ford. He’s also chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

“Huntsman is a first-class global thinker, public servant and business leader all rolled up into one person,” Scowcroft said in a statement.

Huntsman served as U.S. deputy trade representative in 2001 and also previously as ambassador to China and Singapore.