A former professional baseball player and financial high flier has been nominated ambassador to New Zealand by United States President Barack Obama.
Mark Gilbert, 57, is a director at Barclays Wealth, formerly Lehman Brothers, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The nomination was announced by the White House today.
If Gilbert is confirmed by the US Senate he would replace David Huebner, an Obama nominee in the president’s first term.
“I have spoken with Mr. Gilbert on a several occasions, and I look forward to tracking his confirmation process,” Huebner wrote on his blog. “If confirmed, he would be joined in Wellington by this wife, Nancy. The couple has two adult daughters, Danielle and Elizabeth.”
Previously, Gilbert was the senior vice president of Goldman Sachs in Miami.
It will probably take a while for him to be confirmed. The current Ambassador has been an excellent public face for the United States in New Zealand, and also a prolific social media aficionado. Hopefully the new Ambassador will be as open and friendly as his predecessor.