Hon. Edward T. McMullen, Jr.
Elected as Vice Chairman of the American Swiss Foundation in 2021, Ed McMullen served as Ambassador of the United States to Switzerland and Liechtenstein from November 2017 to January 2021. Ambassador McMullen is now a Senior Policy Advisor with Adams and Reese LLP, a law and public affairs firm with offices throughout the southeastern United States. He opened the firm’s Charleston office to focus on economic development, foreign direct investment, and public affairs. He has also joined a private equity firm based in London. He will serve on several corporate boards and as trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
As Ambassador, Mr. McMullen was recognized for forging the strongest bilateral relationship between the United States and Switzerland in history. Focusing on foreign direct investments, he met with over 300 CEOs and boards of directors, fostering relationships and creating a favorable environment for economic growth. During Mr. McMullen’s tenure as Ambassador, Switzerland moved from the eighth-largest to the sixth-largest foreign direct investor in the United States.
Mr. McMullen is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and an alumnus of the 1995 Young Leaders Conference. He is married to Margaret Ann (Wade) McMullen and they have two children, Thomas and Katherine. The reside in Charleston, South Carolina.