Diplomatic appointment: Consul-General in Los Angeles

Media release

29 April 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced that Ms Karen Lanyon will be Australia's next Consul-General in Los Angeles.

Ms Lanyon is expected to take up her appointment in July 2012. She will replace Mr Chris De Cure OAM who has been Consul-General since March 2009.

The Los Angeles Consulate-General has responsibility for southern California and other south-western states including Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, parts of Nevada and also Alaska. This area is a global centre for business including the technology, renewable energy, biotechnology and entertainment industries.

The Consulate-General is the focal point for Australia's engagement in this dynamic region. Key responsibilities include the active promotion of Australia's interests in business, tourism, entertainment and education as well as furthering our robust cultural and people-to-people links.

The innovative and multicultural hub of California is the North American base for many large Australian companies, is home to the largest population of Australian expatriates in the United States and is the first port of call for many Australians travelling to the United States.

Australia's trade and investment ties with the west coast of the United States are strong, with over AUD 4 billion in Australian merchandise exports destined for California or transiting the state each year. Australia is also a significant investor in California.

Ms Lanyon is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is currently Director, New South Wales (NSW) State Office, a position she has held since July 2011. Prior to this, she was Assistant Secretary, Africa Branch and Assistant Secretary, Public Diplomacy Branch with oversight of the Department's international public affairs and cultural programs.

Ms Lanyon previously served overseas as Minister Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Indonesia; Deputy Head of Mission to Cambodia and had earlier postings to Jakarta and Singapore. She also has experience in multilateral trade and environmental negotiations, regional engagement with ASEAN and was a member of the APEC Task Force on Counter Terrorism.

Ms Lanyon holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees from the Australian National University and was admitted as Barrister in NSW. She is married and has one son.

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