US Senate confirms Thomas as new envoy to RP
Manila (24 March) -- The United States Senate has confirmed the nomination of African-American career ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. as US ambassador to the Philippines.
Thomas, who was confirmed on March 19, replaced Ambassador Kristie Kenney. He is expected to arrive in the Philippines within the coming weeks, according to the US embassy in Manila.
Thomas, of New York, is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and served most recently as director general of the Foreign Service and director of Human Resources.
He joined the Foreign Service in 1984 and served as US Ambassador to Bangladesh from 2003 to 2005. He also served in the White House as the director for South Asia at the National Security Council from 2001 to 2002. His other postings include: New Delhi, India; Harare, Zimbabwe; Kaduna, Nigeria; and Lima, Peru.
Thomas, 53, speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Bangla and is learning Tagalog. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and pursued further study at the Columbia University. (PIA-Bohol) [top]