Tuesday, August 21, 2007

New US Ambassador recognized by Vietnam President

The new United States Ambassador to Vietnam Michael W. Michalak became official at a proceeding with Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet in Hanoi Monday morning.

The Vietnamese leader welcomed Ambassador Michalak at the Presidential Palace and wished him success in his new position.

Michalak, a career Foreign Service officer with extensive knowledge and experience in Asia, was sworn in as the US Ambassador to Vietnam on August 10, 2007 by Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte.

Prior to this position, Ambassador Michalak served as the US Senior Official to APEC. In his over 30 years of service with the US Department of State, Michalak has worked in Japan, Australia, Pakistan and China.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Michalak received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Physics from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, respectively.

He received a second Master's degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He speaks Chinese, Japanese and French.

Ambassador Michalak will be joined in Hanoi by his wife and one of his three daughters.

Source: American Embassy – Public Affairs Section