March 17, 1988
The President today announced his intention to nominate E. Allan Wendt, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Senior Representative for Strategic Technology Policy in the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Coordinating Security Assistance Programs.
Mr. Wendt has been serving in this position since May 1987. He entered the Foreign Service in 1959, first as a personnel officer and then as staff aide. From 1961 to 1963, he served as vice consul at the American Consulate General in Dusseldorf, Federal Republic of Germany. He then returned to the Department of State, serving as watch officer in the operations center, 1963 - 1964, and in the Personnel Office in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, 1964 - 1966. Mr. Wendt was economic/commercial officer and commercial attache at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam, 1967 - 1971; and economic/financial officer at the U.S. Mission to the European Communities, 1971 - 1974. He then became a senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, 1974 - 1975; and Director of the Office of International Commodities in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, 1975 - 1979. From 1979 to 1981, Mr. Wendt was Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. In 1981 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Energy Resources Policy in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs until October of 1986, when he studied Arabic at the Foreign Service Institute until May of 1987.
Mr. Wendt graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1957). He received a degree from Institut d'Etudes Politiques in 1959 and Harvard University (M.P.A., 1967). He was born November 8, 1935, in Chicago, IL, and currently resides in Washington, DC.