On July 9, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Robert P. Mikulak to be the United States Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with the rank of Ambassador during his tenure. The WH released the following brief bio:
Robert P. Mikulak is a career member of the Senior Executive Service. He has served as Director of the Office of Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat Reduction in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the Department of State since 1996. Dr. Mikulak is also the United States Representative to the Executive Council of the OPCW. He served between 1993 and 1996 as the Deputy Head of the U. S. Delegation to the Chemical Weapons Convention Preparatory Commission in The Hague. During the negotiation of the 1989 and 1990 U.S.-Soviet agreements on chemical weapons and the multilateral 1992 Chemical Weapons Convention, he served as a Senior U.S. Representative.
Dr. Mikulak received his B.S. from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.