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OPIC Board Approves New Vice President of External Affairs

April 12, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, approved the appointment of Judith Pryor as OPIC’s new Vice President of External Affairs. In this role, Ms. Pryor will oversee all public and legislative affairs activities for the agency, ensuring the effective communication of OPIC’s mission and work with key audiences, including Congress and the U.S. business community.

Ms. Pryor’s appointment completes the leadership team assembled by OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield.

Ms. Pryor brings to OPIC more than 25 years of experience in marketing and corporate communications, specifically in corporate branding, messaging and visual identity for multinational companies with markets in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, western Europe and the United States. From international start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, her work has focused on the high tech, broadcast and satellite communications industries.

Before joining OPIC, Ms. Pryor spent nearly a decade with WorldSpace Inc., a multi-billion dollar satellite radio start-up company servicing developing markets worldwide. As Senior Vice President for global corporate affairs, her work included establishing marketing and communications functions in 11 international offices, taking the company public, serving as corporate spokesperson, and spearheading the strategy and execution for the company’s global brand.

Ms. Pryor held similar positions with COMSAT and Orion Network Systems and has worked with respected advertising and public relations firms. She began her career in the Washington offices of Gray & Company continuing with the firm after its acquisition by Hill & Knowlton Public Affairs.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Pryor holds a B.A. in Communications from Bowling Green State University.

“Judith Pryor brings to OPIC dynamism, energy, great ideas and a long experience in the private sector” said OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield.  “This will serve OPIC well as we work to raise awareness of the services OPIC provides to US business and the critical role business investment plays in international development especially in key regions like MENA."