Pyatt Geoffrey - Greece - May 2016


REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE


SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Greece

CANDIDATE: Geoffrey R. Pyatt


Geoffrey R. Pyatt, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, a position he has held since 2013. While at Embassy Kiev, Ambassador Pyatt has shown an outstanding ability to work with our European allies, local government and civil society to deal with challenging policy situations. Over numerous assignments, Ambassador Pyatt also has demonstrated a strong record of effective leadership, including an ability to lead and motivate large and diverse interagency teams while maintaining strong morale. His background and abilities make him an excellent candidate to be the U.S. Ambassador to Greece.

Previously, Ambassador Pyatt was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau and South and Central Asian Affairs (2010-2013). Before that, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the U.S. Mission to the International Atomic Energy Agency and International Organizations, Vienna, Austria (2007-2010). He also served at U.S. Embassy New Delhi, India as DCM (2006-2007) and as Political Counselor (2002-2006). Ambassador Pyatt served as Economic Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Hong Kong (1999-2002), and as Principal Officer, U.S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan (1997-1999). He also served as Director for Latin America at the National Security Council (1996-1997) and as Special Assistant in the Office of the Deputy Secretary of State (1995-1996). Other assignments included serving in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs and at U.S. Embassy New Delhi and U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Mr. Pyatt earned a B.A. from the University of California at Irvine, and an M.A. from Yale University. His has won numerous Department of State performance awards. He speaks and reads Spanish.