A distinguished American diplomat, political scientist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize;
Henry A. Kissinger was sworn in on September 22, 1973, as the 56th Secretary of State, a
position he held until January 20, 1977. He also served as Assistant to the President for
National Security Affairs from January 20, 1969 until November 3, 1975. In July 1983, he was
appointed by President Reagan to chair the National Bipartisan Commission on Central
America until it ceased operation in January 1985, and from 1984-1990 he served as a
member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. From 1986-1988 he was a
member of the Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy of the National Security
Council and Defense Department. He has served as a member of the Defense Policy Board
since 2001. From 1954 until 1969, he was a member of the faculty of Harvard University, in
both the Department of Government and the Center for International Affairs. He was
Director of the Harvard International Seminar from 1952 to 1969.
At present, Dr. Kissinger is Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting
firm. He is also a member of the International Council of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; a
Counselor to and Trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; an Honorary
Governor of the Foreign Policy Association; and an Honor Member of the International
Olympic Committee. Among his other activities, Dr. Kissinger served as a member of the
Board of Directors of ContiGroup Companies, Inc. from 1988-2014 and remains an Advisor
to the Board, a position he also holds at American Express Company since 2005, after
serving on the Board from 1984.
In 1973, Dr. Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize. He also was awarded the Presidential
Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian award) in 1977; the Medal of Liberty (given
to ten foreign-born American leaders) in 1986 and a Bronze Star from the U.S. Army in 1945.