William E. Todd

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William Edward Todd
William Todd Official Portrait.jpg
Director General of the Foreign Service
Assumed office
June 12, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Arnold A. Chacón
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs
In office
January 20, 2017 – June 12, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Nisha Desai Biswal
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs
Assumed office
August 14, 2015
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by Richard Hoagland
United States Ambassador to Cambodia
In office
April 2, 2012 – August 14, 2015
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Carol Rodley
Succeeded by William Heidt
United States Ambassador to Brunei
In office
September 15, 2008 – June 10, 2010
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Emil Skodon
Succeeded by John McIntyre
Personal details
Born 1961 (age 55–56)
Spouse(s) Ann Buckingham
Children 4
Alma mater Longwood University

William Edward "Bill" Todd (born 1961)[1] is a U.S. diplomat who is currently the Acting Director General of the Foreign Service. Todd was previously appointed as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs in August 2015.[2]

Previous responsibilities[edit]

Immediately prior to this assignment he served as the 15th United States Ambassador to Cambodia. He was confirmed on March 29, 2012 by the U.S. Senate and sworn in on April 17, 2012.[3] He officially became the United States Ambassador to Cambodia when King Norodom Sihamoni accepted his credentials on June 8, 2012.[4] Prior to this confirmation, he served as the Coordinating Director of Development and Economic Affairs at the Embassy of the United States in Kabul where he was responsible for all nonmilitary civilian assistance in Afghanistan, including implementation of the largest foreign assistance program and budget in U.S. history. In this capacity he also directed civilian field operations with an American staff of over 600, including 350 civilians embedded with the military in most of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces and at five regional Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs).

Career highlights[edit]

Ambassador Todd, alongside former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton in Phnom Penh.
Ambassador Todd with U.S. President Barack Obama at the United States Embassy in Phnom Penh, in November 2012.

2008 to 2010[edit]

From 2008 to 2010, Ambassador Todd was the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. During his time in Brunei, he focused on regional stability, counterterrorism, democratization, and trade and investment.

2006 to 2008[edit]

Prior to serving as Ambassador to Brunei, Ambassador Todd was the Acting Inspector General of the Department of State in 2008 and Deputy Inspector General from 2006 to 2008. In both capacities, he directed all Office of Inspector General activities, domestically and abroad, including at 260 diplomatic missions in 163 countries.

2002 to 2006[edit]

From 2002 to 2006, Ambassador Todd served in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the Department of State. Over this period he served in several INL senior positions, including Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS), Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Civilian Police and Rule of Law Programs and for the Office of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, as well as Executive Director and Controller. As PDAS, he was the Chief Operating Officer for global programs, including all post-conflict activities. His leadership placed him at the forefront of international programs for rule of law, police training, and counternarcotics efforts in some of the most volatile regions of the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Colombia. Ambassador Todd managed more than 4,000 employees and contractors in more than 75 theaters of operation.

Other positions held[edit]

Ambassador Todd has held several other very senior positions within the U.S. Government. Ambassador Todd has been a career member of the Senior Service for more than 15 years. He is highly decorated and has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career for his strong program and management skills.

Family life[edit]

Ambassador Todd is married to Ann Buckingham-Todd and has four children. He holds a B.S. from Longwood College and is also a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of Virginia.


  1. ^ William Edward Todd (1961–)
  2. ^ "Todd, William E.". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  3. ^ "Todd, William E". Biographies Listed Alphabetically by Last Name. United States Department of State. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Ambassador William E. Todd Presents Credentials". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Emil Skodon
United States Ambassador to Brunei
Succeeded by
John McIntyre
Preceded by
Carol Rodley
United States Ambassador to Cambodia
Succeeded by
William Heidt