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White House announces Canada, Mexico, Haiti, South Africa ambassadors

White House announces Canada, Mexico, Haiti, South Africa ambassadors

Today President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for ambassadorships, the White House said in a statement: Brookings’ Carlos Pascual, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, as ambassador to Mexico; the White House Office of Presidential Personnel’s David Jacobson, a partner at the law firm Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, as ambassador to Canada; Raytheon’s James B. Smith, a retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general, as ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; the White House’s Director for Presidential Personnel Donald Gips, a former domestic policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore, as ambassador to the Republic of South Africa; career Foreign Service Officer and U.S. ambassador to Burundi Patricia N. Moller as ambassador to the Republic of Guinea; businesswoman and philanthropist Nicole A. Avant as ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas; career FSO Kenneth H. Merten as ambassador to the Republic of Haiti; and career FSO and ambassador to Azerbaijan Anne E. Derse as ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania.