Press Release

Melvin F. Williams Jr. Joins MCC as Vice President and General Counsel

For Immediate Release

April 26, 2010

Washington, D.C.—Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Chief Executive Officer Daniel W. Yohannes announced today that Melvin F. Williams Jr. has joined MCC as Vice President and General Counsel.

"I’m delighted to welcome Melvin Williams to MCC and I know he will be an excellent addition to the management team,” said Mr. Yohannes. "Melvin is a seasoned professional with extensive experience. His careful judgment and leadership make him well-suited to lead MCC’s Office of General Counsel.”

As MCC Vice President and General Counsel, Mr. Williams will lead the department that provides advice to MCC’s Board of Directors and MCC staff on all legal issues affecting MCC, including its programs, policies, and procedures. The MCC Office of General Counsel also manages MCC’s ethics program, which provides related training and guidance to staff.

Prior to joining MCC, Mr. Williams served as the Director and Counsel in Citigroup’s Legal Research and Control Group where he provided advice on the prevention of insider trading and the misuse of material non-public information. He also advised Citigroup on transactional conflicts. Previous to this role, Mr. Williams served as Regulatory Counsel, representing Citigroup in significant international, federal, state, and self-regulatory organization investigations. Prior to joining Citigroup, he practiced in the litigation department of Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius LLP, as well as Debevoise & Plimpton. Mr. Williams served as a judicial clerk to Honorable Consuelo Bland Marshall, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California, from 1990-1991. 

Mr. Williams received his A.B. in Political Science with highest distinction at the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. at Harvard Law School.

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