Officially In: David Thorne to Rome

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On June 25, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate David Thorne to be Ambassador to the Italian Republic and the Republic of San Marino. The WH released the following official bio:

Mr. Thorne is a co-founder of Adviser Investments, one of the nation’s most highly regarded firms specializing in Vanguard and Fidelity mutual funds and electronically traded funds. Mr. Thorne has been an investor and entrepreneur in a wide variety of business ventures, including marketing consulting, real estate, publishing, and financial services. He recently sold his publishing business to Martha Stewart Omnimedia. Mr. Thorne is a former President and current Board member of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and led the design oversight team for its new building in Boston.

Mr. Thorne graduated from Yale University in 1966 with a BA in American History and received a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1971. Mr. Thorne served in the US Navy from 1966-1970 and is author of The New Soldier (Macmillan 1971).

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If confirmed, Mr. Thorne would replace Ronald Spogli who was appointed US Ambassador to Italy and San Marino in 2006. We have written previously about our man in Rome here.

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