On May 6, 2011, Secretary Clinton appointed Ambassador Carlos Pascual as the Department of State Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs. Ambassador Pascual will assume his duties on May 18. According to the media note:
He will advise the Secretary on implementing international energy policy. One of his first tasks will be to design and establish a new Bureau for Energy Resources that will elevate and unify energy diplomacy within the Department of State.
Most recently, Ambassador Pascual served as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. As both a diplomat and former vice president of the Brookings Institution, he has more than two decades of diplomatic, public policy, and academic experience in addressing the centrality of energy issues to our national interests and the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.
Special envoys do not need Senate confirmations, so he should be off and running as soon as he gets back to the mother ship.
He would succeed David L. Goldwyn, the Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs from August 2009 to January 2011.
Mr. Goldwyn was appointed by Secretary Clinton and was sworn in on August 17, 2009. On August 30, 2010, Secretary Clinton announced that Mr. Goldwyn will carry the concurrent titles of Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Goldwyn was President of Goldwyn International Strategies LLC (GIS), an international energy consulting firm from 2001-2009.
Upstreamonline.com reported in late April that Mr. Goldwyn has joined ex-head of the UK’s secret intelligence service MI6, Sir John McLeod Scarlett and Hassan Marican, former boss of Malaysia’s Petronas in Statoil’s newly created Strategic Advisory Committee, that will advise the Norwegian state oil company’s ventures in the international arena.