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President Obama nominates Ducks Unlimited board member for ambassador post

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Jan. 21, 2010 – Tod Sedgwick has been nominated by President Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic. Sedgwick is a board trustee for Wetlands America Trust (WAT), Ducks Unlimited's supporting foundation that raises significant philanthropic gifts and manages DU's endowments and land holdings.

Tod SedgwickSedgwick has considerable experience as a business executive, serving for 20 years as chief executive officer for Pasha Publications, a specialty publisher he founded to focus on energy, defense and environment markets. He also founded Io Energy, an online energy information company covering the natural gas, coal and electricity industries.

Sedgwick has served as a board member for a number of land preservation organizations, including the Civil War Preservation Trust, which he chaired from 2006 to 2009, and WAT. He also is on the National Council of the Land Trust Alliance. Sedgwick is a member of the global business leaders' group, the Chief Executives Organization. He graduated with cum laude honors from Harvard College, earning a degree in Ottoman history.

"We are very proud that someone close to our organization has been recognized by President Obama as worthy of such an important appointment," said Randy Graves, Ducks Unlimited's chief executive officer. "Tod's commitment to integrity and passion for service made him an excellent choice. We congratulate him and wish him all the best."

The ambassador position is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

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