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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 12, 1995

President Names John Raymond Malott as Ambassador to Malaysia

The President today announced his intention to nominate John Raymond Malott, of Virginia, a career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to Malaysia.

Malott has been serving as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs since September 1993. Immediately prior to that, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Interim Director of the Bureau of South Asian Affairs.

Malott's 27 year career with the Department of State has focused almost exclusively on Asian affairs. He has served as both Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs; American Consul General in Osaka, Japan; American Consul, Bombay, India; American Consul Kobe, Japan; as a desk officer for Sri Lanka, India, and China; and as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs with responsibility for the Asia-Pacific region. His first assignment was in the CORDS (pacification and development) program in Vietnam, to which he returned for temporary duty following the ceasefire in 1973.

A 1967 graduate of Northwestern University Malott received advanced training in Economics at the Foreign Service Institute (1980); attended the National War College (1982-83); and was a member of the Department's Senior Seminar (1991-92). He has been tested as professionally fluent in both the Japanese and Vietnamese languages.

Malott was born in Kankakee, Illinois on November 5, 1946. He is married, with two children in college, and lives in suburban Virginia.