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Indian American to co-chair foreign policy group

Indian American businessman Rajat Kumar Gupta has been elected co-chair of the UN Association of the United Nations Association of the United States of America.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2004 14:38 IST

Indian American businessman Rajat Kumar Gupta has been elected co-chair of a renowned grassroots foreign policy group here.

Gupta has been elected to the top post of the UN Association of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA).

Gupta is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company. The other co-chairman is Josh Weston of Automatic Data Processing, UNA-USA announced at a meeting of its board of directors.

"We are extremely pleased that Rajat and Josh have accepted this appointment," said William Luers, president of UNA-USA.

"Together they will help us to be an even more effective advocate in promoting a constructive United States-United Nations relationship."

"Both are brilliant team builders who will bring all the instruments of their extraordinary careers to bear on the development of UNA-USA in the coming years."

Gupta was also recently elected chairman of the US India Business Council (USIBC), the largest policy development organisation promoting American economic interests in India.

Gupta, who has a distinguished service in the business world, became senior partner of McKinsey & Company after serving the maximum-allowed three terms as managing director of the firm in 2003.

He joined McKinsey in 1973 and became the head of its Scandinavian Offices in 1981. In 1987, he moved to McKinsey's Chicago offices and was appointed managing director of the firm in 1994.

Gupta has been actively involved with the UN for several years in an advisory capacity and he is a member of the board of the Global Fund to Combat AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The UNA-USA is the largest grassroots foreign policy organisation in the US, and the nation's leading centre of policy research on the UN and global issues.

First Published: Jan 20, 2004 14:38 IST