Denise Bauer to take the place of Howard Gutman

Denise Bauer is to become the new American ambassador to Belgium. She will take the place of Howard Gutman (small photo), whose term expires on 23 July. According to CNN, she collected over 500,000 dollar in funds for Barack Obama's election campaign last year.

President Barack Obama announced that he intends to nominate Denise Bauer as ambassador to Belgium. Bauer acted as the finance chair for Women for Obama from 2011 to 2012 and also served on the Obama national finance committee in the 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

The Obama administration also announced other nominees to become ambassador, including Michael Hammer for Chile, James "Wally" Brewster for the Dominican Republic, John Berry for Australia, David Pearce for Greece Brian Nichols for Peru.

According to CNN, Denise Bauer collected over half a million dollars for last year's presidential campaign. From the mid-80ies to the beginning of the nineties, she worked in the media. She started her TV career as field producer and researcher for KCBS-TV News in Los Angeles. Later, she moved to the North American Bureau of the Australian broadcaster Nine Networks, working as news producer. Bauer also acted as spokeswoman for the Red Cross in San Francisco.

Denise Bauer received a B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles. She is not a professional diplomat.