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The Honorable Carlos Gutiérrez, former Secretary of Commerce under the George W. Bush administration, has been named a non-resident scholar at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS).
Gutierrez will be based in Washington, D.C. and from there will help ICCAS’ Cuba Business Roundtable (CBR), an ongoing program that recruits businesses who are interested in information and professional advice on Cuba to be ready to do business in a post-embargo, post-Castro Cuba. He will also serve as keynote speaker in ICCAS’ Cuba Transition Project seminars in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Canada.
“Secretary Gutierrez is a highly successful captain of industry,” said University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala. “His experience in government and his extensive knowledge of global business challenges will enhance ICCAS’s resources and help in developing important partnerships.”
“The Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami is doing top-notch work on Cuba Transition issues and I am honored to join them in their work,” said Gutierrez.
Cuban-born Gutierrez served in President Bush’s cabinet from 2005-2008 overseeing a department of 38,000 workers and a $6.5 billion budget. He also served as co-chair for the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba where he advocated for a policy of helping the Cuban people hasten their quest to gain freedom from oppression. Prior to his cabinet service, Gutierrez served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Kellogg Company.
“We are very fortunate that such a distinguished and experienced dignitary will join our ranks,’’ said Jaime Suchlicki, ICCAS director. “The issue of Cuba is very important to him. His help will be invaluable.”