Joseph R. Gunn has been elected chairman of Nathan Associates' board of directors following a 27-year career with the firm. Mr. Gunn retired in 1994 as a senior vice president, but continued to work for the firm as an economic expert in litigation cases and before federal regulatory agencies. He also remained active in overseas consulting, traveling to Russia as part of a World Bank team of U.S. and European antitrust economists and attorneys to advise regional antimonopoly committees.
Before joining Nathan Associates in 1967, Mr. Gunn spent six years as an economic advisor to the Minister of Commerce in Afghanistan, helping formulate bilateral trade and transit agreements. He was instrumental in creating the country's first insurance company.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s Nathan Associates' work was about evenly divided between economic consulting overseas and economic and public policy issues at home. Mr. Gunn was deeply involved in both, appearing as an expert economist in litigation in federal district courts and state courts and before regulatory agencies, and leading an advisory mission to Thailand as planning advisor to the Thai Ministry of Commerce. He was heavily involved in the development of the Caribbean in the 1980s, directing Nathan Associates' activities with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica. He later took on assignments in Egypt and Guam.