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The Honorable Darryl Johnson

Acting Ambassador of the United States to the Philippines

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Prior to his position as Acting Ambassador of the United States to the Philippines, Darryl N. Johnson was sworn in as American Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand on December 7, 2001. He took up his post in late December and presented his credentials to King Bhumibol Adulyadej on March 29, 2002. His previous assignment was as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, responsible for China and Mongolia.

Before joining the Foreign Service in 1965, Ambassador Johnson served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand, teaching English in Lamphun Province. His first Foreign Service assignment was to the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, India, after which he undertook Chinese language training, followed by assignment to the Consulate General in Hong Kong (1969-73). His other overseas postings have included Moscow (1974-77), Beijing (1984-87) and Warsaw (1988-91). He served as the first U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania (1991-94), and later served in Taipei as the Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (1996-99). In Washington he held a variety of positions, including Yugoslav Desk Officer (1977-79), PRC Desk Officer (1979-81), Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs (1982-84), Deputy Coordinator for Assistance to the countries of the former Soviet Union (1994-96), Deputy Director of the Bosnian Task Force (1996), and Political Adviser to the Chief of Naval Operations (1999-2000).

Ambassador Johnson received his BA (cum laude) from the University of Washington and also attended the University of Puget Sound, the University of Minnesota and Princeton University. He was selected for the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa, and for the honor societies for military science, music and literature. In addition to Thai, he speaks Chinese (Mandarin), Russian, Polish, and some Lithuanian.

He is married to the former Kathleen Desa Forance, and has one daughter, Darawan (born in Thailand), twin sons, Loren and Gregory (born in India), and two grandchildren. His home is in Seattle, Washington.

Source: US Embassy Bangkok