President of the United States of America, Barrack Obama has appointed a Nigerian, Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, as his deputy security adviser.
Adeyemo is expected to serve at the US Treasury Department.
According to a White House official, Adeyemo succeeds Caroline Atkinson as his deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs.
The statement said Mr. Adeyemo was nominated by Mr. Obama to serve as assistant Treasury Secretary for international markets and development, but a White House said Mr. Adeyemo had asked Obama to withdraw the nomination given his new role.
The 34-year-old Adeyemo reportedly joined the White House’s National Economic Council as deputy director this fall from the Treasury, where he served most recently as the deputy chief of staff to Secretary Jacob Lew.
He was the Treasury’s lead negotiator on the currency agreement that was part of the Pacific trade deal. Mr. Adeyemo also worked on Treasury’s response to crises in Ukraine and Greece and in 2010 was one of the first officials charged with standing up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Adeyemo’s predecessor, Ms. Atkinson has served in her current post since June 2013, a position that includes coordinating U.S. participation in the annual summits of the Group of 20 and Group of Seven countries.
Ms. Atkinson also played key roles in the recently concluded climate negotiations in Paris and in pushing the White House’s trade agenda, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
According to a White House statement, President Obama thanked Ms. Atkinson for her service and said he was grateful that Mr. Adeyemo would carry on her work. Mr. Lew said that Mr. Adeyemo had “developed a network of international relationships in economic offices around the world to promote U.S. interests effectively.” Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Mr. Adeyemo, who joined the administration in 2009, was a “natural diplomat with a great feel for policy.”
The position has served as a springboard to even higher profile international finance posts. Michael Froman, who is currently the U.S. trade representative, held the post under both Mr. Obama and President Bill Clinton. Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard, who previously served as a senior Treasury official in the Obama administration, held the post in the Clinton administration.

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