WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 12, 2013) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced his intent to nominate Joseph Y. Yun as the Ambassador of the United States to Malaysia.
Yun will work under the U.S. Department of State. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor and currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Prior to this appointment Yun served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2010 to 2011. He was Director of the Office of Maritime Southeast Asia from 2009 to 2010.
Since joining the Foreign Service in 1985, Mr. Yun has served overseas in Korea, Thailand, France, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Before joining the Foreign Service, he was an economist for Data Resources, Inc. in Massachusetts.
Yun received a B.S. from the Cardiff University and an M.S. and M.Phil from the London School of Economics.
The appointment came with the announcement of three other individuals to key Administration posts, including Stephanie Sanders Sullivan as Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo; Avril D. Haines as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; and Michael J. Morell as a Member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.
“I am proud that such experienced and committed individuals have agreed to serve the American people in these important roles,” Obama said. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”