Ambassador April H. Foley

Expertise

Europe; Business and Trade

Experience

Ambassador Foley has had an extensive career in both the public and private sectors. April H. Foley served as the United States Ambassador to Hungary from 2006-2009. She has been an Independent Director of Vista Outdoor since January 2015. She has also been a Director of Xerium Technologies Inc. since May 25, 2010. to serving as US Ambassador to Hungary, she worked at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. After first serving as a Director of the Bank, she was appointed to be First Vice President and Vice Chairman in 2003. Ambassador Foley drove the creation of the Trade Bank of Iraq, securing a $2 billion short-term credit facility. She was one of six Americans on the American-Iraqi Joint Economic Council, which laid plans for strengthening the economic performance of Iraq. Ambassador Foley worked with the Minister of Finance of Afghanistan to create a development strategy that laid the groundwork for foreign direct investment. As a Director, she chaired the Audit Committee and implemented Sarbanes-Oxley processes for the first time, bringing much-needed transparency and accountability to the Bank. She worked for 17 years as an executive for PepsiCo in roles including strategic planning, financial management, and mergers and acquisitions.

Education

She holds a B.A. from Smith College and a M.A in Business Administration from Harvard University.

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