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Boston hedge fund executive Scott Nathan joins Kerry’s State Department as business liaison

Scott Nathan was a partner at Boston hedge fund firm Baupost.
Scott Nathan was a partner at Boston hedge fund firm Baupost.

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US Secretary of State John F. Kerry has hired Boston hedge fund executive Scott Nathan as a liaison to the business community, assisting American companies that want to do business abroad and foreign firms doing business here.

Nathan, 46, was a partner and chief risk officer at the Baupost Group, Boston’s largest hedge fund firm, and a well-known philanthropist in the city, serving on a number of nonprofit boards. He is particularly interested in environmental causes.

Nathan first met Kerry 12 years ago, at a re-election kickoff, according to a State Department spokesman. Nathan had not been invited to the event, held in the back yard of then-Senator Kerry’s brother’s home. The Baupost executive and Kerry over the years have discussed the environment, th economy and tax incentives.

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