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Ron Klain, Obama's 'Ebola Czar,' Returning to Private Sector by March

By    |   Saturday, 06 Dec 2014 08:21 PM

Ron Klain, who was named by President Barack Obama in October to oversee the Ebola crisis in the United States, is returning to the private sector early next year.

Klain, 53, will rejoin former AOL chief Steve Case at his Case Holdings firm by March 1, Fortune magazine reports. He will serve as Case Holdings' president and general counsel for its venture-capital operation, Revolution LLC.

Case told Fortune of the plan, which was confirmed by a White House official.

"He has no intention of staying on in any other capacity here at the White House," the Obama administration official said. "Ron will do the job for which he was appointed and return to Revolution."

Klain took a leave of absence from Revolution to join the administration as its "Ebola czar," after public alarm over the Oct. 8 death of a Liberian man who contracted Ebola abroad and died in the United States.

Most recently, a surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died in a Nebraska hospital on Nov. 17, bringing the total U.S. deaths to two, Fortune reports.

No new cases have since surfaced.

Technically, Klain is classified as a special government employee, which requires him to leave his job after 130 days, Fortune reports.

Speculation arose, however, that Klain would stay on board, possibly succeeding John Podesta as counselor to Obama, should Podesta quit to run a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

Klain's appointment, however, did little to assuage public fears over the spreading Ebola crisis.

Republicans slammed him as a political hack with no healthcare experience. He served as chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore and later worked with Vice President Joe Biden to coordinate the launch of the 2009 stimulus package, Fortune reports.

In the meantime, Klain is working to secure congressional approval of Obama’s $6.2 billion request for a range of Ebola emergency response measures, according to the report.

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Ron Klain, who was named by President Barack Obama in October to oversee the Ebola crisis in the United States, is returning to the private sector early next year. Klain, 53, will rejoin former AOL chief Steve Case at his Case Holdings firm by March 1, Fortune magazine...
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