On April 11, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Jay N. Anania to be the next Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname. The WH released the following bio:
Jay N. Anania, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Management Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. From 2009 to 2011, he served at the State Department as Executive Director of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Anania was the Minister-Counselor for Management Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, where he served for seven months as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission. Prior positions in Washington include Acting Chief Information Officer in the Bureau of Information Resource Management (2005-2006) and Director of the Office of Management Policy (2002-2005). Additional overseas posts include assignments at the U.S. Consulates General in Hong Kong and Tijuana, Mexico; U.S. Embassies in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, and at the U.S Interests Section in Havana, Cuba.
Mr. Anania holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
If confirmed, he would succeed career diplomat, John Nay who was appointed chief of mission at the US Embassy in Paramaribo in 2009. Mr. Anania, who joined the Foreign Service in 1985, holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in business administration. He began his career as a consular and management officer handling visas in Tijuana. According to Government Executive, as acting CIO, he helped realign the Bureau of Information Resource Management to hew to the goals of the President’s Management Agenda. In 2003, he also established and led the department’s Office of Rightsizing the U.S. Government Overseas Presence.