WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 13, 2009—InTrust Global Invesments, LLC is pleased to announce that Ambassador Donald J. Planty has joined our consulting firm as advisor. Ambassador Planty is President of his own consulting company, Planty & Associates LLC, and was a co-founder of Port Security International (PSI), a firm that works on homeland security solutions. The Ambassador’s 37 year professional career includes public service at the local, state and national levels and private sector experience.
“Ambassador Planty brings a deep understanding of Central America to InTrust. We are very pleased that he has agreed to serve as a Board Member of InTrust. Planty’s knowledge of the sensitive needs and opportunities in Latin America will be an asset to InTrust, which focuses on emerging markets in Latin America,” said Francisco Acuña, CEO of Intrust Global Investments.
Prior to establishing Planty & Associates, Ambassador Planty was Senior Managing Director at ManattJones Global Strategies (2001-2003), an international consulting firm in Washington, D. C. From 2003-4 he was Chairman of the Board of the Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production, an independent organization dedicated to eliminating sweatshop conditions in apparel factories. From 1999-2001, he served as the Executive Director of Caribbean/Latin American Action (C/LAA), a non-profit organization that promotes US trade and investment in Latin America and the Caribbean.
From 1996-99, Ambassador Planty was the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala. As Ambassador to Guatemala, he was instrumental in facilitating the historic 1996 Peace Accords which ended four decades of internal conflict in that country. He is a 30 year veteran of the U.S. diplomatic service and is an expert on Latin American affairs and European security issues. In addition to Guatemala, Ambassador Planty has lived and worked in Panama, Chile, Mexico, Norway, Italy and Spain at key periods in the modern history of these nations.
From 1981-83 and again from 1986-89, Ambassador Planty helped negotiate the Treaty of Friendship, Defense and Cooperation between the U.S. and Spain and was awarded the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for his work on the negotiations. Ambassador Planty is considered one of the foremost experts on Spain and most experienced base rights negotiators.
Ambassador Planty was Minister-Counselor (second in charge) of the U.S. Embassy in Norway, 1989-92. During this period, he helped manage NATO’s adjustment to the fall of Communism in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
In 1983, Ambassador Planty negotiated the historic agreement to restore diplomatic relations between the U.S. and theVatican and served as the first US Charge d’Affaires to the Holy See.
Ambassador Planty has two books in progress, one on the Guatemalan peace process and a second on US-Vatican relations.
Ambassador Planty is also familiar with domestic issues and institutions, including the U.S. Congress. From 1978-79, he was a legislative assistant to Senator John H. Chafee (R-RI). After his stint in Senator Chafee’s office, the Ambassador worked as legislative management officer in the Bureau of Congressional Relations at the Department of State. He was a staff assistant for operations in the Executive Office of the Secretary of State from 1977-78.