New US ambassador to Thailand officially in office

BANGKOK, 21 January 2011 (NNT) – Former US Ambassador to the Philippines Her Excellency Kristie Anne Kenney has officially assumed her new position as the US Ambassador to Thailand succeeding His Excellency Eric G John. 

According to the US embassy in Thailand, Ambassador Kenny arrived in Thailand on 7 January 2011, and the Thai government officially acknowledged her assumption of the post on 19 January 2011. The new ambassador last month introduced herself as US ambassador-designate to Thailand via 

In that presentation, the new ambassador stated that she wished to meet Thai people and hoped to learn more about life and education system in Thailand as well as the nature, the history and the globally recognized culture. 

Ambassador Kenny has begun her diplomatic career since 1981 and had been working in many countries such as Ecuador, Jamaica, Switzerland and Argentina. She was the ambassador to the Philippines from 2006 to 2010. She is also able to speak Spanish, French and little Thai. 

The new ambassador also has her own blog,, where she narrates her experiences in Thailand.