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Biography PhotoAmbassador Faith Whittlesey
Director

Ambassador Faith Whittlesey, 74, has served on Valassis' Board of Directors since January 1992. She is a member of the Executive Committee and the Audit Committee. Ambassador Whittlesey has had a long career in law, diplomacy and government at local, state, national and international levels. She served as Chairwoman of the Board of the American Swiss Foundation, headquartered in New York, from 1989 - 2008 and also has been President of Maybrook Associates since 1998. Since 2009, she has been Chairman Emeritus of the American Swiss Foundation. She served two tours of duty as United States Ambassador to Switzerland from 1981 to 1983 and from 1985 to 1988. From 1983 to 1985, Ambassador Whittlesey was a member of the senior White House staff. Previously, Ambassador Whittlesey served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and as Special Assistant Attorney General in Pennsylvania. She also served in the Pennsylvania Legislature for two terms. Later, she was elected for two terms to the Delaware County Council, the governing body of a large suburban county bordering the city of Philadelphia, where she served, alternately, as Council Vice Chairwoman and Chairwoman. Ambassador Whittlesey she served as chairwoman for six years at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. a graduate statecraft and diplomacy. Ambassador Whittlesey served as a member of the Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee of the Sunbeam Corporation from November 1996 until December 2002. She also served as a board member for Nestle in the U.S.A and Schindler, U.S.A. Ambassador Whittlesey is a Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude graduate of Wells College in Aurora, New York, and holds a Doctor of Law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She has received three honorary doctorates and a Ford Foundation grant to attend The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. In 2003, she also received the Stratton Prize in Boston in recognition of her work to promote American-Swiss friendship. Ambassador Whittlesey’s vast experience in law and diplomacy is a valuable asset to the Valassis Board of Directors. In addition, she is active in the corporation’s public policy discussions and public relations.