John Ong served as American Ambassador to Norway from 2002 to 2005. He was involved politically prior to this when he was appointed by President Reagan to the President's Commission on Industrial Competitiveness. Ong has had a long and exceptional career in business, serving in several positions (including chairman, president, and chief executive officer) of B.F. Goodrich Co. Before earning his law degree at Harvard, he completed his bachelor's and his master's at Ohio State, and has since been awarded several honorary doctorates.
To learn more about this interviewee, please consult the links below.
- Biography from the Council of American Ambassadors.
- Interview with John Ong, "How Studying History Has Shaped His Life," from the Department of History at Ohio State.
- Norway may rethink opposition to EU membership after Bush's reelection (November 5, 2004)
- Norway signs arms storage deal with US Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld (June 8, 2005)
- Outline of US policy for dealing with threats against allies from weapons of mass destruction (March 1, 2006)