Trump Taps NY Jets Owner Woody Johnson as Ambassador to Britain

Johnson will need to be confirmed by the Senate before hopping across the pond

Last Updated: June 22, 2017 @ 5:52 PM

New York Jet owner Woody Johnson will be heading to London, where he’ll be tackling diplomacy.

The White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump has nominated Johnson to become the the U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain.

Johnson, 69, has long been the reported to be front-runner for the position. Back in January, the president said that Johnson, a member of the Councilon Foreign Relations and a major Republican donor, would be his ambassador to the U.K.

Trump mentioned Johnson’s asset management firm The Johnson Company, as well as his more than 16 years with the Jets and his work with the Lupus Research Alliance.

Johnson will need to be confirmed by the Senate before hopping across the pond to take up residency in Winfield House, where U.S. ambassadors live.

Trump also tapped  Jamie McCourt, who was co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as ambassador to Belgium.

Here is the full White House statement on Johnson:

“Robert Wood Johnson IV to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Mr. Johnson has served for more than thirty years as the Chairman and CEO of The Johnson Company, New York, NY, a private asset management firm. Since 2000, he has also been Chairman and CEO of the New York Jets and the Chairman and CEO of the New York Jets Foundation. Mr. Johnson is the Founding Chairman of Lupus Research Alliance, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of lupus. He has served on the President’s Export Council and the President’s Commission on White House Fellows. Mr. Johnson earned a B.A from the University of Arizona.”

And the full statement on McCourt:

“Jamie McCourt of California to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Belgium.  Ms. McCourt, a prominent entrepreneur and attorney, has founded and directed leading entrepreneurial enterprises in Los Angeles and Boston, most recently Jamie M, LLC.  She was co-owner and former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  She also served as an Adjunct Professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.  Ms. McCourt earned a B.S. from Georgetown University, a J.D. from University of Maryland School of Law, and a M.S. from MIT/Sloan School of Management.  She speaks French.”