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Obama names Indian-American as alternate IMF director

Washington, April 4 (IANS) President Barack Obama is nominating Sunil Sabharwal, an independent Indian American investor in the payments sector, to a key job as US Alternate Executive Director at International Monetary Fund.

“I am grateful these accomplished men and women have agreed to join this Administration, and I’m confident they will serve ably in these important roles,” Obama said naming ten persons, including Sabharwal, to key administration posts Thursday.

“I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years,” he said.

At over two dozen, Obama administration boasts of having the highest number of Indian Americans in key jobs than any previous administrations in US.

Sabharwal, who has been an independent investor since 2006, was the Chairman of the Board of Ogone, a European ecommerce payment services company, from 2011 to 2013, according to the White House.

He advised Warburg Pincus on its acquisition of easycash, a German network services company, subsequently becoming a Board Advisor from 2006 to 2009.

From 2003 to 2006, Sabharwal was Senior Vice President of Strategic Investments at First Data Corporation/Western Union.

From 1997 to 2003, he held several positions at GE Capital, including Managing Director.

From 1992 to 1996 he worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, most recently as Principal Banker.

Sabharwal received a BS from The Ohio State University and an MS from the London Business School.

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