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ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN KROGER APPOINTS SPECIAL BUSINESS ADVISOR

March 14, 2011

Fred Granum joins the Department of Justice's ongoing effort to promote a positive business climate in Oregon

Attorney General John Kroger today announced the appointment of Fred Granum, a career business lawyer (inactive) and businessman, as Special Advisor to the Attorney General for Business.

"Oregon's number one priority is to develop a more vibrant and diverse economy that creates good paying jobs," said Attorney General Kroger.  "Fred Granum will help get us there. I deeply appreciate his commitment to public service."

"It's an honor to be offered this unique opportunity to serve the people of Oregon, and I thank the Attorney General for the confidence he is placing in me," said Granum. "I look forward to working with the leaders of Oregon's businesses, both large and small, as well as the state's legal and political leaders to take meaningful steps to enhance Oregon's business climate."

"We are very pleased that Fred Granum is joining the Attorney General's' office as the Special Advisor for Business," Peter Koehler, Jr., Director of Global Legal Operations for Nike. "Fred brings a wealth and diversity of experience in the business community to this position which will serve the Attorney General, the business community and the State of Oregon well."

After graduating from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1981, Granum clerked for a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge and practiced law in Portland for nearly two decades, first as an associate at Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue, and as a shareholder at the Portland offices of Garvey Schubert Barer and Bullivant Houser Bailey, P.C. In his extensive legal career, Granum represented troubled companies, creditors and bankruptcy trustees in connection with out-of-court workouts, corporate reorganization and liquidations. His practice also included the representation of emerging growth and established companies with issues related to corporate formation, financing, governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Granum also sought the Republican nomination for Oregon Secretary of State in 2004.

Granum will work directly with Oregon businesses, the Governor's office and the Attorney General to develop proposals to reform Oregon's legal and regulatory system to improve Oregon's business climate. Granum will also conduct a survey of policies in other states to identify successful pro-business initiatives that might also work in Oregon.  His position will end in eighteen months, after the conclusion of this project.

"I am very pleased to see Attorney General Kroger bringing Fred Granum onto his team to deal with the business community and our issues," said Ron Saxton, executive vice president of Klamath Falls-based window and door manufacturer Jeld-Wen. "Fred's experience as both an attorney and business leader is impressive, and he will bring great value to the efforts of the Attorney General to improve Oregon as a place for business success, expansion and investment."

"Fred Granum's appointment, as Special Advisor to AG Kroger, is good news for business in Oregon," Ryan Deckert, President, Oregon Business Association. "We now have an advocate in the Department of Justice."

A former U.S. Army Field Artillery officer, Granum has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, investor and business executive. He is also a co-founder and executive of two Tualatin-based logistics companies, Co-Operations, Inc., and Hedges Creek Logistics, LLC.

Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, promote a positive business climate, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.

Contact:

Tony Green, (503) 378-6002 tony.green@doj.state.or.us |
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