USSABC Appoints New President and Managing Director

WASHINGTON, D.C., --(U.S. NEWSWIRE)--January 25, 2006 The Board of Directors of the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC) today announced that it has selected Mr. Edward Burton to be its new President and Managing Director, effective March 1, 2006. Mr. Burton currently serves as the Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Mr. Burton will succeed Mr. Medlej Al-Medlej, who has retired.

Mr. Burton has been responsible for all U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) operations in Saudi Arabia and oversaw all USFCS management, administrative, and fiscal matters in the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in the Kingdom. Mr. Burton was also appointed directly by former U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans to serve as the USFCS Regional Coordinator for the agency’s Iraq Reconstruction Regional Initiative. Prior to being assigned to the Embassy in Riyadh, Mr. Burton was the Director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Philadelphia. Mr. Burton assumed that position after having served as the State of New Jersey’s International Trade Director.

Mr. Burton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Charleston and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Dickinson School of Law. He also received certified international trade and management training at the Thunderbird School of International Business and the Harvard School of Publishing. He is licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court and the New Jersey Supreme Court.

In 2005, the Business Council hosted H.R.H. King Abdullah during his April visit to Texas to meet with President George W. Bush, and hosted H.R.H. Crown Prince Sultan in New York during the U.N. Summit in September. The Business Council is co-chaired by H.E. Abdulaziz Al-Quraishi, former Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency and Managing Director, Ali Zaid Al-Quraishi & Brothers Co., and Alfred C. DeCrane, Jr., retired Chairman and CEO of Texaco Inc.

Mr. Al-Medlej served as the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council’s Executive Director since its creation. He was instrumental in developing the Business Council’s programs and building the Council into the premier source in the United States for assistance on doing business in Saudi Arabia. Under Mr. Al-Medlej’s leadership, the Business Council has grown into a strong, well-recognized organization focused on enhancing the commercial relationship between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States.

About the USSABC

The U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC) is a non-profit organization with offices in Washington, D.C. and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Incorporated December 1993, our mission is to develop, foster and expand the strategic business alliance between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia by promoting trade, investment and sustainable economic development. We are a membership-driven organization with an impressive member roster that includes some of the most influential companies in the United States and Saudi Arabia.

The USSABC is the premier authority on economic opportunities for both the American and Saudi Arabian business communities. We have a long-standing reputation as a trusted leader in our arena. Our business strategy focuses on uncovering business opportunities that allow our members to increase their market share. For over a decade, we have perfected the art and science, of gathering, disseminating and delivering real-time business information products and services. In addition to sponsoring trade missions to and from Saudi Arabia, the USSABC offers Business Facilitation Services, Networking Services, Information & Communications Services, and Consulting Services. For more information visit our website at:

David Callahan
Vice President, Business Development
U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council
Phone: 703-962-9300
Fax: 703-204-0332
Mobile: 703-609-1199

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