Ambassador Barzun Arrives
"My wife Brooke, and my children and I are delighted to arrive in the UK, and I am honored by the confidence placed in me by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry to represent the United States here," Ambassador Barzun said.
"The alliance between the US and UK is as strong as ever. But every living, breathing relationship requires work, and I'm excited to explore new ways to strengthen the bonds between our governments and our people, from scholars and scientists to exchange students and entrepreneurs. A diverse, interdependent world looks to the US and the UK for inclusive, innovative leadership, a responsibility I look forward to helping us fulfill."
The US Senate confirmed Ambassador Barzun on August 1, 2013. He was sworn into office on August 15 in Washington, D.C. by Secretary of State John Kerry.
Ambassador Barzun served as US Ambassador to Sweden from 2009 to 2011. President Barack Obama selected him as National Finance Chair for the President's 2012 re-election campaign. Ambassador Barzun is an internet pioneer who was the fourth employee at CNET Networks, where he worked from 1993-2004 in a number of roles including Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, and member of the executive committee.
Ambassador Barzun received his A.B. in history and literature from Harvard University in 1993. He and his wife, Brooke Brown Barzun, make their home in Louisville, Kentucky. There, Ambassador Barzun served on the boards of many non-profits organizations with a focus on education (the Louisville Free Public Library Foundation, Louisville Public Media, and Teach Kentucky), public policy (the Kentucky Long Term Policy Research Center, The Greater Louisville Project and Vision Louisville) and interfaith relations (Center for Interfaith Relations).
He is a direct descendant of John Winthrop, who left Suffolk in 1630 to found the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the city of Boston.