Arturo Valenzuela, the former assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs, will serve as a senior adviser for Latin America to help bolster the firm’s presence in the region.
“I am delighted to be associated with a firm with the prestige and depth of Covington & Burling as it expands its capacity to serve companies with a global reach,” Valenzuela said in a statement.
Valenzuela was appointed to the State Department post in 2009 by President Barack Obama. During his tenure, Valenzuela managed the second largest geographic bureau at the agency and developed U.S. policy toward nations in North, Central and South America. He also has served as director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
“Dr. Valenzuela brings so much to the table with his government service, his academic knowledge and keen business sense,” Rubén Kraiem, the firm’s leading corporate partner for business interest in Latin America, said in a statement. “He will play a unique role in assisting our Latin American clients as they move into the United States, Europe and Asia.”