FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2005
Phil Cogan (202) 565-3200
Brett M. Decker has been appointed senior vice president for the Office of Communications at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). The office encompasses the Bank's public affairs, external affairs and marketing divisions.
Brett Decker's experience in both journalism and legislative issues provides a solid one-two punch for the Communications team, said Ex-Im Bank Chairman Philip Merrill. He is a strong voice to articulate the Bank's mission of 'Jobs Through Exports.'
Decker joined Ex-Im Bank last year as a speechwriter and spokesman. Previously he was an editor and editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal, an editorial board member for the Washington Times, national political reporter for the Evans & Novak Inside Report and television producer for the cable program Insights with Robert Novak. He also served as speechwriter to Majority Whip (now Majority Leader) Tom DeLay in the U.S. House of Representatives.
A former Governor of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club, Decker has written hundreds of articles for publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, the Far Eastern Economic Review, and International Economy.
A native of Michigan, Decker has a bachelor's degree in political science from Albion College, a master's in government from Johns Hopkins University, and currently is pursuing a master's in national security policy at the U.S. Naval War College.
Ex-Im Bank, the official export credit agency of the United States, is in its 71st year of helping finance the sale of U.S. exports, primarily to emerging markets throughout the world, by providing loan guarantees, export credit insurance and direct loans. In fiscal year 2004, Ex-Im Bank authorized financing to support $17.8 billion of U.S. exports worldwide. For more information, visit www.exim.gov.