Frank G. Wisner joined the American International Group as Vice Chairman, External Affairs on August 27, 1997.
Before joining AIG, Wisner was a member of the United States Foreign Service and held the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest grade in the Foreign Service. From August 1994 until July 1997, Mr. Wisner served as Ambassador to India. Before New Delhi, his most recent assignment was as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, from January 1993 to June 1994. Prior to that, he was Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs. Mr. Wisner represented the United States in the Philippines as Ambassador in the early 1990’s, serving before that as Ambassador to Egypt. Mr. Wisner was Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs from April 1982 to April 1986, a period of intense diplomatic engagement in Southern Africa at a time of conflict in Angola, Mozambique and Namibia and of the end of Apartheid in South Africa. He became Ambassador to Zambia in the summer of 1979.
Secretary Condoleezza Rice appointed Mr. Wisner Special Representative to the Kosovo Status Talks in December, 2005.
Frank G. Wisner joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in December 1961, and after Western Arabic Language training in Morocco, was assigned to Algiers immediately after independence from France. In 1964, he was detailed to the Agency for International Development in Vietnam. He remained in Vietnam in the pacification program until 1968, serving in succession in Saigon and the provinces as Staff Aide to the Deputy Chief of Mission, Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Civil Operation, and Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese province of Tuyen Duc.
After 1968, Mr. Wisner held a variety of positions in the Department of State and in Embassies in Tunisia and Bangladesh. At the denouncement of the Vietnam War he was Officer in Charge of Tunisian Affairs in the State Department, where he remained until July 1971, when he was named chief of the Economic-Commercial Section at the American Embassy in Tunis. He then serviced as chief of the Political Section in Dhaka, Bangladesh, shortly after independence, from July 1973 until March 1974. From March 1974 until April 1975, Mr. Wisner was Director of Plans and Management in the Bureau of Public Affairs in Washington. He joined the President's Interagency Task Force on Indochina - the agency responsible for evacuating and then settling nearly one million refugees. He was Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Joseph Sisco and was named Director of the Office of Southern African Affairs in July 1976 where he worked under Secretary Kissinger to launch negotiations over Zimbabwe and Namibia. At the beginning of President Carter’s administration, he joined Secretary Vance’s staff as Deputy Executive Secretary.
Currently, he is on the board of the U.S. India Business Council. Frank Wisner is a member of the Boards of Directors of EOG Resources, Ethan Allen and the American Life Insurance Company (ALICO). He is Vice Chairman of the Business Council on International Understanding. His non-profit board affiliations include Rockefeller Brothers Fund, UNA-USA, the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, Refugees’ International, United Service Organization, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown, Princeton University’s Middle Eastern Affairs advisory board and the advisory board at Columbia University’s SIPA.
Frank Wisner was born in New York in 1938. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. degree in 1961. He is married to the former Christine de Ganay. They have four children and four grandchildren.