Vienna, 22 August 2012 - Martin Weiss has been appointed Head of the Press Department at the Austrian Foreign Ministry. He succeeds Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, who has been appointed Under-Secretary-General for Public Information at the United Nations. Prior to his appointment as Head of the Press Department, Martin Weiss served as Austrian Ambassador to Cyprus (2009-2012). From 2004 to 2009 he was Austrian Consul General in Los Angeles. Media work is not a new field to Weiss; he was Head of the Press Department at the Austrian Foreign Ministry from 2001 to 2004.
Weiss is 49 years of age and studied law both in Austria and at the University of Virginia in the United States of America. He is married and has two children.
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