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Walter Scott, Jr. Named Open World Chairman
May 26, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Maura Shelden,
Public Affairs Officer
Tel. 202-707-6197
mshelden@openworld.gov


Omaha Business Leader Brings Savvy, Experience to Open World


WASHINGTON, DC Ц Walter Scott, Jr. has been appointed chairman by the Open World Board of Trustees. Mr. Scott, of Omaha, NE, is chairman of Level 3 Communications, Inc. and former CEO of Peter Kiewit Sons'. Mr. Scott is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway board of directors.

Mr. Scott brings to Open World expert leadership and international vision from the heartland of America. His significant impact not only in civic infrastructure, but also in the arts in Omaha and cultural exchanges internationally, has earned him well deserved respect. The values of Omaha reflect the best of the American spirit; Mr. Scott will imbue Open World with the same.

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The Open World Board of Trustees is composed of 11 members as follows:

(A) Two members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be designated by the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and one of whom shall be designated by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.

(B) Two members appointed by the President pro tempore of the Senate, one of whom shall be designated by the Majority Leader of the Senate and one of whom shall be designated by the Minority Leader of the Senate.

(C) The Librarian of Congress.

(D) Four private individuals with interests in improving relations between the United States and eligible foreign states, designated by the Librarian of Congress.

(E) The chair of the Subcommittee on Legislative Branch of the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the chair of the Subcommittee on Legislative Branch of the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate.

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Open World has introduced more than 17,000 current and future decision makers from Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union to American political and civic life, and to their American counterparts. Open World delegates range from first-time mayors to veteran journalists, from nonprofit directors to small-business advocates, and from political activists to judges at all levels.

In addition to Russia, Open World also operates dynamic programs in Ukraine and has expanded to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. The U.S. Congress established Open World in 1999 to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and Russia. In 2003, Congress made all post-Soviet states eligible for the program. Open World promotes partnerships and continued communications between delegates and their American hosts and professional counterparts.

For more information contact Maura Shelden at mshelden@openworld.gov or visit our website at http://www.openworld.gov. Follow us on Twitter @OWprogram and Fan us on Facebook.

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