Rubens Barbosa Joins Stonebridge as Senior Director

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Former Brazilian Ambassador to Washington extends firm's capacity in Latin America

Stonebridge International LLC, a global business strategy firm headed by former U.S. National Security Advisor Samuel R. Berger, today announced that Rubens Barbosa has joined the company as Senior Director. Until last month, Rubens Barbosa was Brazilian Ambassador to the United States, appointed by President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and later also confirmed by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

"Rubens has been an extraordinarily effective representative of the government and people of Brazil in the United States, as well as the Brazilian business community," said Mr. Berger. "He brings unique knowledge of the business and political environment in Brazil and Latin America."

"Over the last three years in Washington I have come to greatly respect the unsurpassed team at Stonebridge. I look forward to building on their record of success on behalf of business around the world," said Barbosa, who will be based in São Paulo, where he has opened his own business consulting firm in Brazil, Rubens Barbosa & Associados.

In the announcement, Stonebridge President Anthony S. Harrington commented, "Rubens was my counterpart while I was U.S. Ambassador in Brazil. We have worked closely to build U.S.-Brazil bilateral relations, of the governments and the private sector. I look forward to our new relationship as business colleagues. He will be our local partner in a country in which more than 400 of the Fortune 500 are present, and which has it own large and sophisticated business community."

As a leading diplomat and trade negotiator, Barbosa brings over 30 years of experience in international trade and investment issues. Prior to becoming Ambassador to Washington, he represented Brazil at the Court of St. James in London from 1994-99. Ambassador Barbosa also has held a variety of senior positions in the Brazilian government, including Secretary for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance, Under Secretary General for Regional Integration Trade and Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Relations, and Coordinator of the Brazilian Section of Mercosur, the Southern Cone Common Market.

ABOUT STONEBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL.

Stonebridge International LLC is a Washington-based global business strategy firm, helping U.S. and multinational companies shape and execute results-oriented strategies to solve problems and seize business opportunities worldwide. Stonebridge Chairman Samuel R. Berger, former U.S. National Security Advisor, has assembled leading regional and country experts to create winning business strategies.

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