WASHINGTON, DC—Eduardo Aguirre, former US ambassador to Spain and Andorra, has joined APCO’s Global Political Strategies group, which helps businesses, governments and NGOs navigate the challenges of operating in a global environment. Aguirre brings more than 40 years of experience in government service, banking and business consulting to the firm’s clients in the government and financial industries.
As ambassador to Spain and Andorra, he oversaw bilateral issues including national security; foreign investment; intelligence development; defense cooperation; and commercial, trade and economic interests. He also served in other positions in President George W. Bush’s administration, including first director of the newly created US Citizenship & Immigration Services and acting chairman of the US Export-Import Bank.
Prior to entering public service, Aguirre held multiple global executive roles with Bank of America for 24 years, retiring as president of its International Private Bank. He is currently chairman and CEO of Atlantic Partners Group, a consulting group offering strategic, geopolitical and business advice to clients seeking to maximize their transatlantic business opportunities.
In addition, Kavita Patel, a physician and a former health policy advisor to the Obama administration, has joined APCO's international advisory council.
Patel previously was director of policy for the White House Office of Public Engagement & Intergovernmental Affairs, where she applied her clinical experience to shaping US health policy. She is currently a fellow and managing director of delivery system reform and clinical transformation at the Brooking Institution’s Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform.