On February 26, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Geoffrey R. Pyatt as the next Ambassador to Ukraine. The WH released the following brief bio:
Geoffrey R. Pyatt, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. From 2007 to 2010, he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the International Atomic Energy Agency and International Organizations in Vienna. Prior to that, from 2002 to 2007, Mr. Pyatt served at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, first as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs and then as Deputy Chief of Mission. Before his assignment in New Delhi, Mr. Pyatt was an Economic Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong from 1999 to 2002 and a Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan from 1997 to 1999. In Washington, his assignments included Director for Latin America on the National Security Council staff (1996-1997) and Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State (1995-1996).
Mr. Pyatt received a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine and an M.A. from Yale University.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Pyatt worked with The Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based think tank that brings together leading citizens of the Americas. He grew up in La Jolla, California and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Yale and B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.
If confirmed, Mr. Pyatt would succeed career diplomat John F. Tefft who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Ambassador to Kyiv on November 20, 2009.