Among the score of presidential nominations confirmed by the U.S. Senate Thursday was Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale to serve as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services within the International Trade Administration.
This is the post that in the past has occasionally been referred to as the Administration’s “manufacturing czar,” although that title now attaches itself to Ron Bloom, appointed by President Obama to serve as Senior Counselor for Manufacturing Policy.
Hale has already been serving in the U.S. Department of Commerce as Deputy General Counsel. As her bio states, Lamb-Hale was previously managing partner of the Detroit office of the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP where she specialized in business restructuring in the manufacturing sector. She also served as vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority, by appointment of Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Leadership Detroit. She has also been a frequent speaker on business restructuring matters with particular emphasis in recent years on the automotive industry.
Lamb-Hale received her B.A. with high honors from the University of Michigan in 1988, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991, where she was a classmate of President Obama’s.
Upon her nomination, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke said:
Our manufacturers and service providers have an excellent advocate in Ms. Lamb-Hale. Nicole has firsthand knowledge of the challenges that our industries face and will be able to serve the interests of industry at every level. Whether their needs are achieving greater competitiveness, advocating for policies that assist industry in competing abroad, or interacting with trade associations, I am confident that our domestic industry will benefit from her leadership.
Also confirmed Thursday in Commerce were Suresh Kumar, of New Jersey, to be Assistant Secretary
of Commerce and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service; David W. Mills, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement; and Kevin Wolf, an Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration.
Congratulations to all.
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