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Lauder Tapped for Ambassadorship to Austria

February 21, 1986

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Reagan plans to nominate Ronald S. Lauder, a Pentagon official who was formerly an executive of the Estee Lauder cosmetics company, as ambassador to Austria, the White House announced Friday.

Lauder, who has been deputy assistant secretary of defense for Europe and NATO policy since 1983, would succeed Helene von Damm in the Vienna post.

Ms. von Damm, 45, was Reagan’s personal secretary when he was governor of California and held a White House post before being appointed ambassador. She announced her resignation last June amid controversy over her marriage to Peter Guertler, owner and manager of the Hotel Sacher in Vienna.

She said she was ″cognizant of the priority of her official duties″ but was aware that ″voices continue to assert a conflict of interest″ arising from her marriage, which was her fourth.

Before assuming his Pentagon position, Lauder was chairman of Estee Lauder International, which bears his mother’s name. From 1963 to 1983, he held various managerial positions with Estee Lauder Inc., culminating in the post of executive vice president.

The White House also announced that Reagan is nominating William F. Martin, executive secretary of the National Security Council, as deputy secretary of energy; and David B. Waller, senior associate counsel to the president, as assistant secretary of energy for international affairs and energy emergencies.

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