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January 25, 2012

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  C. Fred Bergsten to Step Down as Director of Peterson Institute for International Economics
  C. Fred Bergsten WASHINGTON—C. Fred Bergsten, founding director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics since its creation in 1981, will step down from that position at the end of this year. The executive committee of the Institute's board of directors has launched a search process to identify, select and appoint a new director. James W. Owens, chairman of the executive committee and former chairman and CEO of Caterpillar, Inc., said the board hopes to name a new director by the middle of this year and to complete the transition to the new leadership by the end of 2012.

"Upon completing my thirtieth year as director, I have decided that this is the optimal time to arrange an orderly transition to new leadership," Dr. Bergsten said. "The Institute is in its strongest position ever in terms of its substantive capabilities, global reputation and financial position. I am confident that the board will select a new director who will enable the Institute to make even greater contributions in the future to a strong and cooperative world economy. I am proud to have served for so long with such an outstanding team at the Institute and on its board and nothing will make me prouder than to see the Institute thrive and grow under new leadership in the years ahead, which I am confident it will do."

The board has asked Dr. Bergsten to remain actively engaged in the work of the Institute after his successor assumes office, as a senior fellow and director emeritus. "I look forward to playing an active role in its research program for many years," Dr. Bergsten said, noting that one of his reasons for stepping down as director is to enable him to do more research and writing on a variety of international economic topics.

Peter G. Peterson, the chairman of the Institute's board since its founding three decades ago, praised Dr. Bergsten's leadership in establishing it as the most highly respected international economic policy institute in the world. "He is the rare triple threat who can provide and communicate substantive leadership across the wide range of global economic issues addressed by the Institute, attract and retain the best team of economists at any such institution, and effectively raise money and conduct the organization's other essential management responsibilities," Mr. Peterson said. "He is probably the most successful creator and leader of a think tank in the history of that sector of our society. I look forward to the selection of a successor who can strengthen the Institute even further in the future."

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