Jay Knott has been named the new executive vice president of global business for Abt Associates Inc., an international government research and consulting firm.
Knott, who is currently serving as mission director for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Jordan, will assume his new post starting December 2010. He brings to Abt Associates expansive experience in international development. He joined USAID in 1988, where he served in various leadership posts in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Before joining the agency, he was involved with the U.S. Justice Department and a private law firm.