US Nominates New Ambassador to Cambodia

U.S. President Barack Obama this week announced his nomination of William Heidt to replace Ambassador William Todd as the U.S. government’s top diplomat in Cambodia.

Courtney Woods, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, said specifics about when Mr. Heidt might arrive or when Mr. Todd might leave his post were unavailable.

A statement from the White House press secretary dated Tuesday said that Mr. Heidt currently serves as executive assistant to the U.S. State Department’s undersecretary for economic growth, energy and the environment.

Though his nomination has not been finalized, Mr. Heidt would not be new to Cambodia, having served as an economic and commercial officer at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh from 1997 to 1999, according to the statement.

Mr. Heidt has also held diplomatic posts at the U.N. in New York and in Warsaw.

He also did two stints at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, first as a finance and development officer from 2000 to 2003 and then as an economic counselor from 2004 to 2007, the statement says.

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