WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Swearing-in Ceremony of Marie L. Yovanovitch as Ambassador of the United States of America to Ukraine was held today at ten a.m. in the William J. Burns Auditorium at the George Marshall Center, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. 

Ambassador Yovanovitch will arrive in Ukraine in time for the 25th Celebration of the Independence of Ukraine on August 24, 2016.  The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) was represented at the Swearing-in Ceremony by President Morgan Williams.
Marie Yovanovitch replaces Geoffrey Pyatt who has been to be the new U.S. Ambassador to Greece. The nominations were passed by voice vote before Congress left Washington in late July for a seven-week recess.

The over 200 members of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), www.USUBC.org, congratulate Ambassador Yovanovitch on her appointment and look forward to working with her in Kyiv.  Over 45 representatives of USUBC members met with Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch on Wednesday of this week in Washington.                                            

BIO -- Marie Yovanovitch, Ambassador of the United States of America to Ukraine.

Marie L. Yovanovitch, of Connecticut, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, was confirmed by the United States Senate on Thursday, July 14, 2016, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Ukraine. 

Since September 2012 Marie Yovanovitch was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Previously, she served as the bureau’s Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for bilateral relations with Nordic, Baltic, and Central European countries. She served as Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia (2008-2011) and the Kyrgyz Republic (2005-2008).

In her last Washington assignment, she was the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine. Within the Department of State, Ambassador Yovanovitch has worked on the Russia desk, the Office of European Security Affairs, and the Operations Center. She has also served overseas at the U.S. Embassies in Moscow, London, Ottawa, and Mogadishu.

A Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Yovanovitch has been granted both the Senior Foreign Service Performance Award and the State Department’s Superior Honor Award on five occasions. She is also the recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award and the Diplomacy in Human Rights Award.

Ms. Yovanovitch is a graduate of Princeton University where she earned a BA in History and Russian Studies. She studied at the Pushkin Institute and received an MS from the National Defense University.

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