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Covington's Togo D. West, Jr. Appointed President and CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

September 23, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 23, 2004 - Togo D. West, Jr. has been appointed president and CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a leading Washington think tank for African American issues, effective December 1, 2004. He will remain at Covington & Burling until November 30, 2004.

Secretary West, who first practiced at Covington in the 1970s, returned to the firm in July 2000 after serving as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. His prior positions in government service for three presidential administrations include Secretary of the Army, General Counsel of the Department of Defense; General Counsel of the Navy, and Associate Deputy Attorney General.

West succeeds Eddie N. Williams, who announced in March 2004 that he would be stepping down after thirty-two years of service as president and CEO of the Joint Center. Founded in 1970, the Joint Center is a nationally recognized non-partisan, non-profit organization that conducts research and analysis on public policy issues concerning African Americans and other underserved populations.

Stuart C. Stock, chair of Covington's management committee, said: "We will miss Togo, but it is with enormous admiration and respect that we will see him off once again to serve the public good."

"Covington & Burling has a rich history of public service," said West. "I look forward to assuming the presidency of the Joint Center - though it requires, regrettably, that I leave the firm - as a continuation of that tradition. I am grateful to both distinguished institutions."

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