Nicholas F. Taubman

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Nicholas Frank Taubman
42nd United States Ambassador to Romania
In office
December 2, 2005 – December 3, 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Jack Dyer Crouch II
Succeeded by Mark Gitenstein
Personal details
Born 1935 (age 81–82)
Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jenny Taubman
Relations Arthur Taubman
Children Marc Taubman, Lara Taubman
Residence Roanoke VA
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Businessman
Profession CEO

Nicholas Frank Taubman (born 1935) is a United States businessman, politician, and ambassador. He served as the United States Ambassador to Romania 2005–08.[1]

Early life[edit]

Nicholas Taubman was born 1935 in Roanoke, Virginia to parents Arthur Taubman and Grace. He graduated from Mercersburg Academy, a private college preparatory school, in 1953, then attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.[2]

He served in the U.S. Army from 1957–1958, and from 1960–1961.

Business career[edit]

From 1969–2005, Taubman served as President and CEO of Advance Auto Parts, a chain of auto parts stores founded by his father Arthur Taubman.


Taubman served on the Roanoke City Council from 1976–78.

Taubman was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Romania by President George W. Bush in November 2005 and served until December 2008.


Taubman and his wife Jenny are the largest donors to the new Art Museum of Western Virginia, having pledged over $15 million. In recognition, the new museum was renamed the Taubman Museum of Art.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ United States Embassy in Bucharest: Ambassador
  2. ^ "Advance Notice", Virginia Business Magazine, June 1997, retrieved 2008-02-06 
  3. ^ Kittredge, Kevin (2008-02-07), "New art museum to carry Taubman name", The Roanoke Times, retrieved 2008-02-07 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Jack Dyer Crouch II
United States Ambassador to Romania
Succeeded by
Mark Gitenstein