Officially In: Stephen D. Mull – from Foggy Bottom (S/ES) to Poland

On July 10, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Ambassador Stephen D. Mull as the next Ambassador to the Republic of Poland. The WH released the following brief bio:

Ambassador Stephen D. Mull, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career-Minister, is Executive Secretary at the Department of State, a position he has held since June 2010.  Prior to this position, he was Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs from 2008 to 2010, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political Military Affairs from 2006 to 2008.  From 2007 to 2008, he served concurrently as Acting Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs.  Ambassador Mull served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania from 2003 to 2006, and as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia from 2000 to 2003.  With over 30 years of service at the State Department, Ambassador Mull’s previous positions include: Deputy Executive Secretary (1998-2000); Director of the Office of Southern European Affairs (1997-1998); Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Poland (1993-1997); and Deputy Director of the State Department Operations Center (1991-1993).

Ambassador Mull received a B.S. from Georgetown University.

Secretary Clinton (right) and Ambassador Stephen D. Mull (center) at the U.S. Embassy London. Photo by SJ Mayhew via US Embassy London

If confirmed, Ambassador Mull would succeed political ambassador, Lee A. Feinstein who was appointed to Warsaw by President Obama in 2009.  Ambassador Feinstein issued a statement saying it has been “a tremendous honor and privilege to represent the United States in Poland during the past three years.”

“Living in Poland has been a great gift to my family and me.  While we are looking forward to returning home, Poland will always remain dear to us.”

“I am proud of what we have accomplished, and I remain committed to advancing our common security and prosperity, while I continue to serve in Warsaw and thereafter.

In March 2012, Secretary Clinton asked that ambassadors remain at their posts until either the Senate has confirmed a replacement or specific departure instructions are given.

Domani Spero

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