Geoffrey R. Pyatt

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Geoffrey Pyatt
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United States Ambassador to Greece
Assumed office
September 2016
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by David Pearce
United States Ambassador to Ukraine
In office
July 30, 2013 – August 18, 2016[1]
President Barack Obama
Preceded by John Tefft
Succeeded by Marie Yovanovitch
Personal details
Born 1963 (age 53–54)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Spouse(s) Mary
Children William
Claire
Alma mater University of California, Irvine
Yale University

Geoffrey Ross Pyatt (born 1963)[2] is the United States Ambassador to Greece. On May 19, 2016, he was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to serve as United States Ambassador to Greece.[3] He was confirmed as the Ambassador to Greece on July 14, 2016. Pyatt's U.S. State Department career landed him posts in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Pyatt was born 1963 in La Jolla, an affluent neighborhood of San Diego, California.[2] He received his bachelor’s degree in political studies in 1985 at the University of California, Irvine, and a master's degree in international relations at Yale University in 1987.[2][5]

Career[edit]

Pyatt started his diplomatic career in Honduras, from 1990 until 1992 he worked as vice-consul and economic officer in Tegucigalpa.[2] The highest position (before his current post) was deputy chief of diplomatic mission in India in 2006 and 2007.[2] After that he worked as deputy chief of U.S. mission to International Atomic Energy Agency and other international organizations in Vienna.[2] Prior to his current position Pyatt served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs from May 2010 until July 2013.[2][4]

Pyatt took the Oath of Office of United States Ambassador to Ukraine on July 30, 2013 in the Harry S Truman Building of the US State Department in Washington, D.C.[2] Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych accepted Pyatt's credentials on August 15, 2013.[4] After his appointment, Pyatt started actively studying the Ukrainian language.[2] On October 15, 2013 Pyatt attended an international conference on fighting anti-Semitism in Kiev, but could not address the audience at the event due to the United States federal government shutdown of 2013.[6]

Pyatt became part of a diplomatic scandal in January 2014, when his conversation with the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State, Victoria Nuland, was apparently intercepted and uploaded to YouTube.[7][8][9]

Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt greet Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko before he met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Warsaw, Poland, on June 4, 2014

Pyatt supported the 2014 Ukrainian revolution against Ukraine's President Victor Yanukovych.[7][10]

Pyatt characterised pro-Russian separatist rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk as "terrorists".[11]

On September 25, 2015, during his speech at Odesa Financial Forum, Pyatt criticized Ukrainian Prosecutor's office.[12]

On May 19, 2016, he was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to serve as United States Ambassador to Greece. He was replaced by Marie L. Yovanovitch in Ukraine.[13] He was confirmed as the Ambassador to Greece on July 14, 2016. He was sworn in September 2016.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Tefft
United States Ambassador to Ukraine
2013–2016
Succeeded by
Marie Yovanovitch
Preceded by
David Pearce
United States Ambassador to Greece
2016–present
Incumbent