ANNAPOLIS -- The state's economic development secretary yesterday named a Baltimore native with extensive international marketing experience to head the Maryland International Division.
Scott M. Blacklin, who until recently headed an international trading business in Virginia, will become director of the International Division of the Department of Economic and Employment Development Monday, DEED Secretary Mark L. Wasserman said.
Acting Director Kathleen Bond will become deputy director for marketing, Mr. Wasserman said, adding that an additional deputy -- with a "strong military background" -- will be named next week to handle administrative and financial duties.
The goal of the Maryland International Division is to help state companies do business abroad and attract foreign investment to Maryland.
Mr. Blacklin, 38, president of Potomac Group International, has worked with companies in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union through his company.
His clients have included TRW Corp. Lockhneed Corp. and Dresser Industries Inc.
He also spent four years as a foreign affairs officer for the U.S. Department of Energy, studied at the George Washington University Institute for Sino-Soviet Studies and graduated from foreign-service programs at Georgetown University and the State Department.