New US ambassador arrives in Rome

The new United States ambassador to Italy John R. Phillips arrived in Rome on 13 September. Ambassador Phillips succeeds David Thorne, who has completed his four-year term.

Ambassador Phillips, who is of Italian extraction, has been an influential lawyer in Washington DC for many years. He is expert in class action and anti-fraud cases and was the founder of Taxpayers Against Fraud.

He was a major fundraiser for the Obama election campaign and his wife was the director of communications for the White House office of health reform from 2009-2010.

He takes up his appointment just before the visit of the Italian prime minister Enrico Letta to the USA on 16 October.