April H. Foley

April H. Foley served as the United States Ambassador to Hungary from 2006-2009.

Prior to serving as US Ambassador to Hungary, she worked at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. After first serving as a Director of the Bank, she was appointed to be First Vice President and Vice Chairman in 2003. Ambassador Foley drove the creation of the Trade Bank of Iraq, securing a $2 billion short-term credit facility. She was one of six Americans on the American-Iraqi Joint Economic Council, which laid plans for strengthening the economic performance of Iraq. Ambassador Foley worked with the Minister of Finance of Afghanistan to create a development strategy that laid the groundwork for foreign direct investment. As a Director, she chaired the Audit Committee and implemented Sarbanes-Oxley processes for the first time, bringing much needed transparency and accountability to the Bank.

Prior to her roles in the US government, Ambassador Foley had an extensive career in professional management. She worked for 12 years as an executive for PepsiCo in roles including strategic planning, financial management, and mergers and acquisitions. Her efforts resulted in the acquisition and integration of Kentucky Fried Chicken. She led the introduction of shareholder value approaches to PepsiCo corporate-wide, which resulted in an acceleration of bottling and restaurant acquisitions. She initiated efforts to enhance strategic planning, which led to the Pepsi Challenge. At Wilson Sporting Goods, Ambassador Foley introduced strategic planning, which triggered a significant product portfolio restructuring and business turnaround. At Reader's Digest, she spearheaded efforts to diversify the business away from a very mature product line. At Pfizer, she introduced annual planning at a new factory.

In addition to her business experience, Ambassador Foley has held significant volunteer leadership positions. She co-chaired the Special Gifts Committee for Smith College's capital campaign. She served on the Board of Directors of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. She led the United Way of Northern Westchester as President. Ambassador Foley was Chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of Westchester/Putnam Counties. She was also Co-Chair of the Friends of the Northern Westchester Shelter.

Ambassador Foley holds a B.A. degree from Smith College and an MBA from Harvard University. She is a widow with three children, Catherine, Gifford, and James.

Ambassadorial Post(s)

Hungary, (2006 - 2009)

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