Rockwell Schnabel

Rockwell Schnabel was appointed as the U.S. Representative to the European Union on September 26, 2001, and served until July, 2005. He was chairman and co-founder of Trident Capital, a venture capital firm aimed at supporting new economy companies. A longtime businessman, he started in the securities business as a financial analyst before joining the LA-based firm of Bateman, Eichler Hill Richards Inc. (now Wachovia Bank) and rising through the ranks to become its president.

He accepted his first government post in 1986, when former President Ronald Reagan named him U.S. ambassador to Finland. After leaving Helsinki in 1989, Ambassador Schnabel went to Washington, D.C., where he served at the Department of Commerce as Deputy Secretary and then as Acting Secretary of Commerce in the administration of George Bush Sr. (2005)







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