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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 7, 2003

Ambassador W. Robert Pearson Sworn in as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources


Ambassador W. Robert Pearson was sworn in today as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources. He has been a career member of the Foreign Service for 27 years and was most recently U.S. Ambassador to Turkey.

Bio attached.

For further information, please contact Neyla Arnas, Bureau of Human Resources, 202-647-2675.

Biography of
W. Robert Pearson

Ambassador Pearson, of Tennessee, is a Career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister Counselor. He has a broad background in European and Security issues as well as wide management experience overseas and in Washington. He was the United States Ambassador to Turkey in Ankara from September 21, 2000 to July 2003. He managed US interests in Turkey through two severe domestic economic crises, a general election, the war in Afghanistan and the liberation of Iraq.

Ambassador Pearson was Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy to France from July 1997 to July 2000. He closely followed the evolution of the European Union, and defense and security issues within the Atlantic Alliance and the EU. He actively promoted business ties between France and the US and helped in the opening of five new American offices in France’s regions. He served twice at NATO, from 1993 to 1997 as Deputy Permanent Representative to the US Mission during the Balkan crisis and NATO’s enlargement, and from 1987 to 1990 on the international staff as chair of NATO’s Political Committee. From 1991 to 1993, he was the Executive Secretary of the Department of State. He served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Security Council (1985-1987). He served in Beijing, China as a political officer (1981-1983), was staff assistant in the East Asia and Pacific Affairs Bureau, and began his Foreign Service career with a two-year assignment in Auckland, New Zealand.

Ambassador Pearson served in the US Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1969 to 1973, and graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1968. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He speaks French, Chinese and Turkish. His wife, Margaret, is a career diplomat in Public Diplomacy. The Pearsons, have one son, Matthew.

Released on October 7, 2003

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