Virginia Beach, Va. -- Peter Mueller, executive vice president of operations for STIHL, Inc., has been named Honorary Consul of Germany for Virginia. Mueller was recently appointed in a ceremony held at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. German President Horst Kohler approved the nomination last year.

"I'm very honored to be appointed to this position and look forward to serving the interests of Germany and its citizens in this area," stated Mueller.

As Consul, Mueller will work to foster international relations between the region and Germany, as well as represent the interests of German citizens in Accomack, Chesapeake, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James, Lancaster Mathew, Middlesex, Newport News, Norfolk, Northampton, Northumberland, Southampton, Suffolk, Surry, Sussex, Virginia Beach, and York.

Fred Whyte, president of STIHL Inc., stated, "Peter was key to establishing the STIHL Inc. operation in Virginia Beach back in 1974. With over 32 years managing operational efforts between STIHL Inc. and our founding company in Germany, I'm confident Peter's skills and personal experiences will prove beneficial in building the region's relations with Germany, as well as representing the interests of local German citizens."