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A look at Jeffrey D. Zients, Obama's Mr. Fix-it

(AP) - NAME _ Jeffrey D. Zients.

AGE-BIRTHPLACE _ 46; Kensington, Md.

EDUCATION _ Bachelor's degree in political science, Duke University, 1988.

EXPERIENCE _ Designated to serve as director, National Economic Council, beginning Jan. 1, 2014; acting director, Office of Management and Budget, January 2012-April 2013 and July-November 2010; deputy director for management at OMB and chief performance officer of the U.S., June 2009-July 2010; two decades as a CEO, management consultant and business executive.

FAMILY _ Wife, Mary, and four children.

QUOTE _ "We must and will continue to improve our operations and ensure we provide efficient and effective services to the American people." _ Zients in OMB blog post, Sept. 12, 2012.

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