Nomination of Geoffrey Swaebe To Be United States Representative to the European Office of the United Nations

October 7, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Geoffrey Swaebe, of California, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the European Office of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador. He would succeed Gerald Bernard Helman.

Mr. Swaebe was executive officer with Florsheim Shoe Co., in Chicago, Ill., in 1936 - 38, and divisional merchandise manager with Thalhimers Department Store in Richmond, Va., in 1938 - 48. He was general merchandise manager with Pizitz Department Store in Birmingham, Ala., in 1948 - 50; general manager, director, and vice president of the Hecht Co., in Baltimore, Md., in 1950 - 62; and chairman of the board and president of the May Department Stores of California in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1962 - 72. Since 1972 he has been self-employed as a business and management consultant in Los Angeles.

Mr. Swaebe served as commissioner of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, and as a member of the Mayor's Advisory Committee. He served in the United States Army in 1942 - 46 and attended Boston University. Mr. Swaebe is married, has one son, and resides in Los Angeles, Calif. He was born March 23, 1911, in London, England.