Ambassador Lino Gutierrez is CEO of Gutierrez Global, LLC, a consulting firm specializing on strategic advice for corporations and non-government organizations with overseas investments and programs.
Ambassador Gutierrez retired from the U.S. Department of State in October 2006 after a 29-year career. From 2003 to 2006 he served as United States Ambassador to Argentina. During his tenure in Argentina, Ambassador Gutierrez signed agreements on container security, narcotics cooperation, counter-terrorism, money laundering, proliferation security, and environmental cooperation with the Republic of Argentina. In October 2005, Ambassador Gutierrez received President Bush at the Mar del Plata Summit of the Americas, only the fifth visit by a U.S. President to Argentina.
From 2002 to 2003, Ambassador Gutierrez served as International Affairs Advisor at the National War College. From August 1999 to July 2002, Ambassador Gutierrez served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State. From June 2001 to January 2002, Mr. Gutierrez was Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs. From November 1996 to July 1999 Mr.Gutiérrez served as United States Ambassador to Nicaragua. During his tenure, Ambassador Gutiérrez coordinated the U.S. relief effort in Nicaragua following the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in October 1998. He received President Clinton when he visited the hurricane-affected areas in March 1999, the second visit by a U.S. President to Nicaragua.
Mr. Gutierrez also served in Santo Domingo, Lisbon, Port-au-Prince, Grenada, Paris and Nassau. In Washington, Mr. Gutiérrez has served as Officer-in-Charge of Nicaraguan Affairs, Officer-in-Charge of Portuguese Affairs, and Director of the Office of Policy Planning, Coordination and Press in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.
A native of Havana, Cuba, Ambassador Gutiérrez attended the University of Miami and the University of Alabama, where he received a B.A. in Political Science (1972) and an M.A. in Latin American Studies (1976). Between 1973 and 1975, he was a social studies teacher for the Dade County School System and the Urban League in Miami, Florida.
Ambassador Gutiérrez is a recipient of the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award, Superior Honor Award (three times) and Meritorious Honor Award (three times). He is married to the former Miriam Messina of Santo Domingo. The Gutierrezes have three daughters: Alicia, Diana, and Susana, and a grandson, Nicolas Lino.