President Joe Biden has selected tech entrepreneur Jonathan Kaplan to be the next US ambassador to Singapore, planning to fill a position in the critical Pacific trade hub that hasn’t had a formal US ambassador since the end of the Obama administration in early 2017.

Kaplan, whose appointment requires Senate confirmation, was CEO of Pure Digital Technologies when he invented the Flip video camera, according to a biography released by the White House. The company was sold to Cisco in 2009 for US$590 million ($798.8 million).

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