NEW YORK Deputy U.S.
Trade Representative (USTR) Demetrios Marantis assumed the top
post at the federal agency March 15.
Marantis temporarily takes over
for USTR Ron Kirk, who is departing after four years in
President Obamas Cabinet, the agency said.
Marantis will remain as acting
USTR until a replacement is nominated and confirmed. He was
confirmed for his previous role by the U.S. Senate in May 2009
and has been responsible for trade negotiations and enforcement
in Asia and Africa, including negotiations in the Trans-Pacific
Partnership, the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and
Trade, and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, among
He also played a role in the negotiation and congressional
passage of the U.S.-South Korea free-trade agreement, which
became effective March 15, 2012.