President Barack Obama, yesterday appointed 34-years old Nigerian born Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, to serve as his deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs – a position previously held since 2013, by former IMF Director of External Relations, Caroline Atkinson. (continues below... )
Surmmarizing Adewale Adeyemo's accomplishments, in his statement released yesterday by the Whitehouse, President Obama stated as follows:
"I am grateful that Caroline's work will be carried on by Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, who has served in my administration since 2009. At the Treasury Department, he was part of the team that helped coordinate our response to the global recession, laying the foundation for renewed growth at home and abroad."
"He helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and he's been our point person on a range of international economic issues, including negotiations on strong currency agreements around the Trans Pacific Partnership. I will be calling on Wally's intellect, judgment and dedication as we sustain America's global economic leadership, which reinforces our national security, and as we work with allies and partners around the world to create jobs and opportunity for all our people."
Adewale Adeyemo joined the White House’s National Economic Council as deputy director this fall, after serving at the Treasury department, where he served as the deputy chief of staff to Secretary Jacob Lew. He was the Treasury’s lead negotiator on the currency agreement that was part of the Pacific trade deal.
The position of deputy national security adviser has historically served as a springboard to higher profile international finance posts.