Craig R. Stapleton

Craig Roberts Stapleton completed his tour as Ambassador to France in 2009. Previously, he served as Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2001-2004.

Ambassador Stapleton is currently serving as a Trustee of the George W. Bush Library and Foundation, the 9/11 Memorial Foundation, the Mona Bismark Foundation, the de Touqueville/United Way Foundation, CERGE (the Central Europe for Research and Graduate Education), and the Association Francois-Xavier Bagnoud. He has served on the Visiting Committee for Harvard College and the Committee on University Resources.

He serves as a Senior Advisor to Stone Point Capital in Greenwich, Connecticut, and on the Board of Abercrombie and Fitch. He served as President of Marsh and McLennan Real Estate Advisors of New York from 1982 to 2001. He was also a partner of President Bush in the ownership of the Texas Rangers baseball team from 1989-1998. In July 2009, he joined in the ownership of the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2000, he served as the Connecticut State Finance chairman of the Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign. In 2004, he served as Connecticut State Chairman for the re-election campaign of President Bush.

Ambassador Stapleton is President of the Vaclav Havel Foundation in the United States. He was awarded the Jan Masaryk Medal for service to the Czech Republic. He served on the Board of the Peace Corps under President George H. W. Bush. He was named a Commandeur of the Legion of Honor by President Nicholas Sarkozy in May 2009. He has been named an Honorary Citizen of the French towns Deauville, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rocamadour, and Vienne.

Ambassador Stapleton was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his secondary school education at Phillips Exeter Academy and a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Harvard University. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Ambassador Stapleton resides with his wife, Dorothy Walker Stapleton, in Greenwich, Connecticut. His son, Walker, and his wife, Jenna, live in Denver, Colorado. His daughter, Wendy, and her husband, Diego, reside in Austin, Texas. The Stapletons have three grandchildren.

Ambassadorial Post(s)

France, (2005 - 2009)
Czech Republic, (2001 - 2004)

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