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Obama names Atkinson as economic aide

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President Obama on Friday appointed Caroline Atkinson to be his new deputy national security adviser for international economics.

In her new role, Ms. Atkinson — and adviser to the president and a former executive at the International Monetary Fund who has also served in the Treasury Department and at the Council on Foreign Relations — will be “the president’s personal representative to international economic summits, including the G-8 and G-20.”

She also will be a senior international economic adviser to the White House and focus on issued including trade, investment, energy and the environment.

“Caroline is respected around the world for her understanding of how the global economy works, her tireless efforts to promote strong, balanced and sustainable growth and her experience in managing international financial crises,” Mr. Obama said.

As deputy national security adviser for international economics, she replaces Michael Froman, confirmed earlier this week as the U.S. trade representative.

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