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The President today announced his intention to nominate Michael Martin Skol, of Illinois, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Venezuela. He would succeed Otto J. Reich.
Since 1988 Mr. Skol has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. Prior to this, he served as Director of the Office of Andean Affairs, 1987 - 1988; Minister-Counselor for the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, 1985 - 1987; Deputy Director of the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs in the Office of Policy Planning and Coordination at the State Department, 1982 - 1985. In addition, Mr. Skol has served as Political Counselor in San Jose, Costa Rica, 1978 - 1982; commercial attache in Rome, 1976 - 1978; economic/commercial officer in Naples, 1975 - 1976; and commercial attache in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1972 - 1975. He also served as a desk officer at the State Department Bureau of Inter-American Affairs for Paraguay and Uruguay, 1971 - 1972, and Costa Rica, 1970 - 1971; a political officer in Saigon, Vietnam, 1967 - 1968; and a political officer in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1966 - 1967. Mr. Skol entered the Foreign Service in 1965 and became a member of the Senior Foreign Service in 1984.
Mr. Skol graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1964). He was born October 15, 1942, in Chicago, IL. Mr. Skol is married and resides in Washington, DC.