Appointments | September 2019

Lynda Blanchard – U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia

Lynda “Lindy” Blanchard of Alabama is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia. Blanchard was previously a senior advisor at B & M Management Company, a real estate investment management company which she co-founded. Blanchard also co-founded the 100X Development Foundation which fosters creative solutions to eradicate poverty and its negative effects and works to improve the lives of children around the world. Blanchard has a B.S. from Auburn University. She speaks basic Spanish.

Edward F. Crawford – U.S. Ambassador to Ireland

Edward F. Crawford of Ohio is the new U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. Crawford has been chairman and CEO of The Edward Crawford Group Inc. since 1985. He was previously chairman and CEO of Park-Ohio Industries Inc. from 1992-2018 and he also served as president. In his early career, Crawford served as president or vice president at various manufacturing and technology companies. Crawford served in the Army National Guard prior to attending John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.

John Jefferson Daigle – U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cabo Verde

John Jefferson Daigle (SFS) of Louisiana is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cabo Verde. Daigle most recently served as the acting executive director for the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. A Foreign Service officer since 1999, Daigle has served tours on four continents and overseen large programs as deputy coordinator in the Bureau of International Information Programs and deputy chief of mission in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He has also served as chief of staff for the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Daigle has a B.A. from Louisiana State University. He speaks French and Khmer and basic Portuguese.

James S. Gilmore III – U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

James S. Gilmore III of Virginia is the new U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Gilmore has had a long career in law, public service, civic leadership and private business. He previously served as the governor of Virginia and the attorney general of Virginia. During his time as governor, he conducted trade missions to 18 countries in Europe, South America and Asia. Gilmore served in the U.S. Army and received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He speaks German.

Jeffrey Ross Gunter – U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland

Jeffrey Ross Gunter of California is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland. Gunter previously served as a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, Calif., and chief resident of dermatology at the Los Angeles County and USC Medical Center. He has experience as a healthcare executive, philanthropist and entrepreneur. Gunter received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.D. from the USC School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish, French and Dutch.

David Michael Satterfield – U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey

David Michael Satterfield (SFS) of Missouri is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey. Satterfield previously served as acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs. Satterfield has served as ambassador to Lebanon, director general of the multinational force and observers, special advisor to the secretary of state for Libya, and charge d’affaires in Cairo. He has served in many other appointments throughout his career, both domestic and overseas. Satterfield received a B.A. from the University of Maryland. He speaks Arabic, French, Italian and Hebrew.

Donald R. Tapia – U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica
Donald Tapia

Donald R. Tapia of Arizona is the new U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica. Tapia previously served as the chairman and CEO of Essco Group Management, the largest Hispanic-owned business in Arizona. He has served on the board of many non-profit organizations and was employed with other private companies such as Sonepar USA, Cal Neva Corp. and the International Telephone & Telegraph Corp. In his early career, Tapia also served as an air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration in Cleveland and Cincinnati. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955-1959. Tapia received a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla.

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