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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 16, 1993


(Washington, DC) President Clinton named five career Foreign Service Officers to ambassadorial positions today. The President announced his intention to nominate Alvin Adams for Ambassador to Peru; Harry Gilmore, Ambassador to Armenia; Mark Johnson, Ambassador to Senegal; Marilyn McAfee, Ambassador to Guatemala; and Allan Wendt, Ambassador to Slovenia.

"Secretary Christopher and I have pledged to name ambassadors who meet the highest standards of excellence," the President said. "With these announcements today, we have done just that."

Alvin Adams was originally nominated to be Ambassador to Peru by former President Bush in September 1992. He has previously served as an Ambassador in Haiti and the Republic of Djibouti, and was the State Department's Associate Coordinator for Counter Terrorism from 1987-89. He has also served at State as Deputy Executive Secretary and Director of the Secretariat Staff, and at several posts in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. He served on the National Security Council staff in the White House from 1972-74, and was Special Assistant to Secretary Henry Kissinger from 1974-76. From 1968-70, he served at the US Embassy in Saigon. Adams, who entered the Foreign Service in 1967, is a graduate of Yale University and the Vanderbilt University Law School.

Harry Gilmore joined the Foreign Service in 1962, and currently holds the rank of Minister-Counselor. His most recent posting was as Deputy Commandant for International Affairs at the Army War College from 1991-92. Prior to that, he had spent four years in Berlin, initially as Deputy Commandant of the U.S. Mission, and from 1990-91 as Principal Officer at the U.S. Embassy. He has also held the positions of Director of the Office of Central European Affairs, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy in Belgrade, Director for Eastern European and Yugoslav Affairs, Political Officer and Deputy Principal Officer at the Munich Consulate General, and Country Officer for Yugoslavia at the Bureau of European Affairs. Gilmore is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.


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Mark Johnson most recently served the State Department as Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Management. Prior to that, he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Kuwait City in 1991, a position that he previously held in Cairo. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs from 1986-89, Economic Counselor at the Embassy in Kenya from 1983-86, and served in the Office of Legislative Affairs from 1981-83. Johnson, a native of Twin Falls, ID, holds degrees from Georgetown University (B.A.) and George Washington University (M.A.)

Marilyn McAfee has been Deputy Chief of Mission in Bolivia since 1989, and has previously served at posts in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Iran, Venezuela and Chile. A Foreign Service Officer since 1968, she was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1984, and to the rank of Minister-Counselor in 1989. McAfee is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and has a Masters degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

Allan Wendt is currently the American Charge d'Affaires in Ljubljana, Slovenia, a post he has held since August 1992. For the previous five years, he had been the Senior Representative for Strategic Technology with the rank of Ambassador. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Energy and Resources Policy from 1981-86. His thirty-four year career in the Foreign Service has also included stints in Cairo, Brussels, Saigon, and Dusseldorf, as well as numerous positions at the State Department. He holds a B.A. from Yale University, a Certificat from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, and an M.P.A. from Harvard University.