Businessman named US ambassador to Germany
20 July 2005, WASHINGTON - A U.S. steel-industry executive, William Timken, has been nominated as U.S. ambassador to Germany, the White House said Tuesday.
20 July 2005
WASHINGTON - A U.S. steel-industry executive, William Timken, has been nominated as U.S. ambassador to Germany, the White House said Tuesday.
The 67-year-old chairman of the board of family-owned Timken Company in Canton, Ohio must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He is a large campaign contributor to U.S. President George W. Bush's centre- right Republican Party.
Timken does not speak German, much like his predecessor in Berlin, Daniel Coats, and has no previous diplomatic experience.
The father of six and grandfather of seven children is the descendant of German immigrants who came to the United States in the 19th century. He studied business at Stanford and Harvard universities.
From 1962 to 2003, he led Timken Co., which manufactures tapered roller bearings and specialty steels for the automobile, aircraft and railroad industries. Timken gave up the chief executive post two years ago but remained on the board.
The company has about 26,000 employees, is active in 27 countries and reached USD 4.5 billion in sales last year.
Subject: German news