Alexander Mirtchev Hails Selection of Senator Chuck Hagel as Chairman of the Atlantic Council

Krull Corporation Founder to Join as Senior Advisor to Distinguished Think Tank

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - February 12, 2009) - Dr. Alexander Mirtchev, president and founder of the Krull Corporation, today congratulated former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) on his appointment as Chairman of the Atlantic Council. Senator Hagel, who served two terms representing Nebraska from 1997 to 2009, succeeds General James L. Jones, who stepped down to serve as National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama.

Dr. Mirtchev also is a member of the Strategic Advisors Group with The Atlantic Council and serves as a senior advisor to the council's president.

"With Senator Hagel at the helm, The Atlantic Council will continue to grow and build upon the impressive track record laid by General Jones," said Dr. Mirtchev. "Senator Hagel's tremendous foreign policy background and leadership capabilities are needed in the global discourse with such complex challenges facing the world in these times. I am honored to serve an organization with such impressive leadership."

Dr. Mirtchev will serve the council by advising President Fred Kempe and becoming a member of the Strategic Advisors Group, where he will work to raise the profile and level of debate in the transatlantic community on issues of security and defense. Through his breadth of experience in foreign policy and global business, Dr. Mirtchev will work with President Kempe on strategic emerging issues and fostering stronger transatlantic relations.

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About Krull Corporation:

Krull Corporation is a Washington, D.C.-based advisory and project management firm with expertise in dealing with economic growth, industrial restructuring and modernization. Founded by Dr. Alexander Mirtchev in 1992, Krull Corporation capitalizes on his extensive professional experience in market developments and reforms and focuses primarily on emerging market and rapidly developing economies. Over the years, the firm has provided its clients with outstanding strategic guidance and solutions. Combining a unique blend of global reach and understanding of local markets, Krull is able to consistently produce high quality results and returns.

About the Atlantic Council:

The Atlantic Council is a non-partisan organization that seeks to renew the Atlantic Community to meet 21st Century global challenges through constructive U.S. leadership and engagement in international affairs. The Atlantic Council staff features experts in the following programs: Transatlantic Relations, International Security, Global Business and Economics, Energy and Environment, and Asia. The Council also runs a South Asia Center focusing on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, as well as the Young Atlanticist program, which brings together young leaders interested in transatlantic relations from throughout Europe and North America.

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