Nominations, April 29, 1983

Nomination of Daniel G. Amstutz To Be an Under Secretary of Agriculture

April 29, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate Daniel G. Amstutz to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for International Affairs and Commodity Programs. He would succeed Seeley Lodwick.

Since 1978 Mr. Amstutz has been a general partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co., in charge of commodity activities. Previously he was with the Cargill Investor Services, Inc., Chicago, Ill., for nearly 25 years. Mr. Amstutz was president and chief executive officer in 1972 - 1978; assistant vice president and director of feed grain merchandising, Minneapolis, Minn., in 1967 - 1972; assistant manager, wheat merchandising, Minneapolis, in 1960 - 1967; and senior merchant, Fort Worth, Tex., in 1954 - 1960.

He is a director of the National Grain and Feed Association and chairman of National's Commodity Exchange Committee. He is a member of the Chicago Board of Trade; the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; the Commodity Exchange, Inc., of New York; the Coffee, Sugar, and Cocoa Exchange; and the New York Mercantile Exchange.

He graduated from Ohio State University (B.S., 1954). He resides in New York, N.Y. He was born November 8, 1932, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Nomination of Robert Brendon Keating To Be United States Ambassador to Madagascar and the Comoros

April 29, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert Brendon Keating to be Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Madagascar and to the Federal and Islamic Republic of the Comoros. He would succeed Fernando E. Rondon.

Since 1982 Mr. Keating has served as a consultant to the office of the General Counsel at the Department of the Navy. He was a consultant, international security affairs, office of the Secretary of Defense in 1981 - 1982; vice president, Pure Water Systems, Inc., in 1979 - 1981; a self-employed consultant in 1973 - 1979; Director General of the Bureau of Roads, Ministry of Public Works of the Government of Zaire in Kinshasa in 1970 - 1973; senior adviser for transport and infrastructure projects at the Inter-American Development Bank in 1967 - 1969; and director of the Chile-California Program of Technical Cooperation in 1964 - 1967.

He was also Chairman of the United States State Department Committee on Transport Technology for Developing Countries in 1961 - 1962 and was a member of the United States Delegation to the Law of the Sea Conference in 1981 (Geneva) and 1982 (New York City).

Mr. Keating served in the United States Navy in 1946 - 1956 as lieutenant. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy (B.S., 1946) and George Washington University (M.E.A., 1961). He is married, has one daughter, and resides in Washington, D.C. He was born May 7, 1924, in Medford, Mass.

Nomination of James J. Needham for the Rank of Ambassador While Serving at the 1985 International Exposition in Tsukuba, Japan

April 29, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate James J. Needham for the rank of Ambassador during the tenure of his service as Commissioner General of the United States Exhibition for the International Exposition, Tsukuba, Japan, 1985.

In 1982 Mr. Needham was appointed Commissioner General of the United States Exhibition for the International Exposition, Tsukuba, Japan, 1985. Previously he was chairman and chief executive officer of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City in 1972 - 1976 and his own company, James J. Needham Associates, Inc., in Bronxville, N.Y., in 1976 - 1982. He was Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., in 1969 - 1972 and a partner in charge of the New York office with A. M. Pullen and Co. in New York City in 1957 - 1969.

Mr. Needham graduated from St. John's University (B.B.A., 1951). He is married, has five children, and resides in Bronxville, N.Y. He was born August 18, 1926, in New York, N.Y.