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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 20, 1995
     President Names William H. Itoh as Ambassador to the Kingdom
                              of Thailand

The President today announced his intention to nominate William H. Itoh of New Mexico, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, as ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand.

"From the early stages of my administration, Will Itoh's experience and professionalism as a diplomat have been invaluable to us," the President said. "I am pleased he will continue to serve the United States in this important role."

Itoh served from January 1993 to February 1995 as executive secretary of the National Security Council. Prior to that assignment he was deputy executive secretary of the Department of State. Itoh entered the Foreign Service in 1975 and has been assigned overseas in the United Kingdom and as consul general in Perth, Western Australia. In Washington, Itoh has served in the Office of Congressional Relations, the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Itoh was an assistant professor of History at California State University at Humlboldt.

Itoh was born on May 30, 1943 in Tokyo, Japan. He was educated in secondary schools in Albuquerque, N.M. and received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of New Mexico. He served as a logistics officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College Class of 1991. Itoh is married to the former Melinda White and has two daughters, Charlotte and Caroline.