On June 3, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Daniel B. Smith to be Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic. The WH released the following brief bio:
Daniel B. Smith is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He is currently the Executive Secretary of the State Department. Prior to that he was the Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. He previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs. Dr. Smith has also served as Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Global Affairs; Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for European and Canadian Affairs; and Country Officer for Czechoslovakia. Overseas posts include Bern, Istanbul, Ottawa and Stockholm.
He received his B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.