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Embassy of the United States
Stockholm Sweden

Michael Wood
United States Ambassador
to Sweden

28 June 2006
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Michael M. Wood was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Sweden on June 5, 2006.

Ambassador Wood is former CEO of Hanley Wood, LLC, the leading media company in the housing and construction industry and one of the ten largest business-to-business media companies in the U.S. He founded the company with partner Michael J. Hanley in 1976; today Hanley Wood has 750 employees and $250 million annual revenues.

On August 1, 2005, Hanley Wood management and private equity sponsor Veronis Suhler Stevenson sold Hanley Wood to JPMorgan Partners. Ambassador Wood stepped down as CEO but retained a seat on the Hanley Wood board. In September 2005 he joined the Veronis Suhler Stevenson Board of Advisors. In October, 2005, he formed Redwood Investments, LLC, an investment company specializing in media and real estate.

President George W. Bush appointed Ambassador Wood to the U.S. delegation attending the inauguration of President Lucio Gutierrez Borbua of Ecuador on January 15, 2003 in Quito, Ecuador. In 1984 he organized a housing industry round table with President Ronald Reagan called "Building the American Dream." He is a former member of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and has served on the NAHB Long-Range Planning Committee.

Ambassador Wood received the Top Executive of the Year Award from Media Business magazine on June 16, 2005.

Ambassador Wood enjoys mountain biking and has ridden often with President Bush who is also an avid biker. He also likes golf and has a 12 handicap.

He and his wife, Judy have two grown children: Mike (31) and Kim (28), and two grandchildren.


September 2006
Photos of Ambassador Wood's Trip to Goteborg

Speeches and Statements

April 12, 2007

Foreign Press Center Briefing With U.S. Ambassador To Sweden "Roundtable With Swedish Journalists"
March 21, 2007
Ambassador's remarks at the Swedish Energy Convention,
January 24, 2007
Ambassador's comments on State of the Union Address,
November 20, 2006
Interview with Dagens Industri,
December, 2006
Ambassador interviewed ahead of Swedish-American Entrepreneurial Days in Lidköping
December 9, 2006
Toast at the Ambassador's luncheon honoring the 2006 Nobel laureates.
November 14, 2006
Remarks at the One Big Thing reception.
October 11, 2006
Remarks at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.
September 26, 2006
Remarks at the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Centennial Royal Gala Evening.
September 11, 2006
Remarks at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.
August 31, 2006
Remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce.
June 21, 2006
Remarks at the Independence Day celebration.
May 17, 2006
Statement before the Senate Foreign Relations committee.

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