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Biden appoints David Cohen as Ambassador to Canada

Biden appoints David Cohen as Ambassador to Canada

US President Joe Biden has appointed David Cohen, a tech executive who once served as chief of staff to the mayor of Philadelphia, to be his ambassador to Canada.

Cohen, a lawyer, lobbyist and fundraiser who currently serves as senior advisor to the head of US communications giant Comcast, has long been the likely candidate.

In addition to a number of roles in a variety of Comcast departments, a biography of the White House says Cohen was also the company’s director of diversity.

But he’s no stranger to political circles: In addition to being the company’s main lobbyist, Cohen spent five years as chief of staff to Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell in the 1990s.

He also hosted the first fundraising event of Biden’s successful presidential campaign in 2020.

In other long-awaited appointments, Biden also named Victoria Reggie Kennedy, a prominent DC lawyer and widow of US Senator Ted Kennedy, to be his envoy to Austria, and Jamie Harpootlian to fill the post in Slovenia.

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