On April 11, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Ambassador Gene A. Cretz as the next Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana. The WH released the following brief bio:
Ambassador Gene A. Cretz, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-
Counselor, is currently the U.S. Ambassador to Libya. In 2008, Ambassador Cretz served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. From 2004 to 2007, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. From 2003 to 2004, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Damascus where he served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires. From 2001 to 2003, he was Minister-Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. Other overseas assignments include service in Beijing, New Delhi, and Islamabad. Assignments in Washington include State Department posts in the Bureau of International Organizations, the Operations Center, and in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. From 1975 to 1977, Ambassador Cretz served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan.
He received a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a M.Sc. from the State University College at Buffalo.
If confirmed, Ambassador Cretz would succeed career diplomat, Donald Teitelbaum who was appointed to the US Embassy in Accra by President Bush on May 5, 2008. He was in the news recently when he spoke with Margaret Brennan on Bloomberg’s Television’s “InBusiness” discussing the northwest African nation’s government and U.S. business opportunities there. Click here to see the video.
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