US ambassador-designate arrives in Rome

 Trump nominee Lewis Eisenberg to represent US in Italy and San Marino.

Lewis Eisenberg, the new United States ambassador-designate to Italy, arrived in Rome on 1 October and is expected to present his credentials to Italian president Sergio Mattarella in the coming days.

Eisenberg is a 75-year-old financier, philanthropist and veteran New Jersey Republican fundraiser. He was nominated in July by US president Donald Trump to represent Washington in Italy and the Republic of San Marino and his nomination was confirmed by the US senate in August.

Eisenberg takes over from Kelly Degnan who has been acting as chargé d’affaires ad interim since the departure of ambassador John R. Phillips in January. 

Born in Illinois, Eisenberg grew up in Chicago before embarking on his financial career on Wall Street. He worked for Goldman Sachs for more than two decades before founding his own investment firm in the 1990s.

Eisenberg went on to become head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. As part of his responsibilities he oversaw the management of the Twin Towers, including during the time of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Eisenberg will be accompanied in Rome by his wife Judith Ann with whom he has three daughters. For more details see US embassy website.