Announcing Trehan’s appointment Obama said he looks forward to working with such fine public servants who bring a depth of experience and dedication to their important roles.
Dedicated to the memory of President John F Kennedy, the Kennedy Centre is the busiest performing arts facility in the US and annually hosts some 2000 music, dance and theatre performances for audiences totalling nearly two million.
Trehan who is an alumnus of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, went to the US in 1964 after receiving a BS from BITs. He is the chairman of the Trehan Foundation, a philanthropic organisation he founded for giving, primarily for international development in 2003. It is focused on global poverty as well as a performing arts centre and human services.
Trehan was previously vice-chairman of Apptis Holdings Inc. and was founder and chief executive officer of SETA Corporation. He was also a department head of Information and Communications Systems and a member of the technical staff at The MITRE Corporation.
He is a member of the board of CARE and a former member of the board of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. He holds an MSE from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Dayton.
The Obama administration has more Indian-Americans working in top jobs than any other previous US government.