U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, who is departing his position after four years of service, announced yesterday that Deputy United States Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis will assume the position of Acting United States Trade Representative, effective today.

Marantis was confirmed by the Senate as Deputy United States Trade Representative in May 2009.  He has been responsible for trade negotiations and enforcement in Asia and Africa, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, the U.S-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum, and Trade and Investment Framework Agreements with countries ranging from South Africa to the Philippines.  He also played a central role in the negotiation and congressional passage of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.