THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES EDWARD WILLIAM GNEHM, JR., AS DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE FOREIGN SERVICE President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate
Edward William Gnehm, Jr., to serve as Director General of the Foreign Service.
Edward William Gnehm, Jr., of Carrolton, Georgia, is currently Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations with the rank of Ambassador. He previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait from 1990 to 1994. Ambassador Gnehm also served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs at the Department of State and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Near East and South Asia at the Department of Defense. He has served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Jordan and the Yemen Arab Republic and was Director of the Secretariat Staff in the Office of the Secretary of State. Ambassador Gnehm has also served in Syria, Nepal, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia. He joined the Foreign Service in 1969. Ambassador Gnehm graduated from George Washington University in 1966, and completed a year of graduate study at the American University in Cairo, Egypt in 1968.
The Director General of the Foreign Service is the principal advisor to the Secretary of State and Deputy Secretary and the Under Secretary for Management on Foreign Service and Civil Service personnel policy.