The US and Italian governments changed their Sherpas as the G7 changes hands from Germany to Japan. President Obama announced in mid-December that Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo would take over as Deputy National Security advisor and President’s Obama’s advisor on the G7 and G20. Adewale Adeyemo has been a member of the President’s administration since 2009 and haw worked on the trade portfolio and helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The previous Sherpa served in the post for 4 years but moved on to become Google’s head global lobbyist.
Meanwhile in Italy, Prime Minister Renzi announced in January that his new sherpa to the G7 and G20 would be Maria Angela Zappia Caillaux. According to Wikipedia, the new sherpa is a career diplomat with postings in New York and Brussels. Most recently she was the Italian ambassador to the Atlantic Council in Brussels.