Ambassador Johnson has had a distinguished career in the U.S. State Department. Here is a biographical sketch taken from the Department of State website.
Darryl N. Johnson was sworn in as American Ambassador to the
on December 7, 2001. His previous assignment was as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, responsible for Kingdomof Thailand Chinaand . Mongolia
Before joining the Foreign Service in 1965, Ambassador Johnson served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in
Thailand, teaching English in . His first Foreign Service assignment was to the U.S. Consulate General in Lamphun Province Mumbai, India, after which he undertook Chinese language training, followed by assignment to the Consulate General in Hong Kong(1969-73). His other overseas postings have included Moscow(1974-77), Beijing(1984-87) and (1988-91). He served as the first U.S. Ambassador to the Warsaw Republicof Lithuania(1991-94), and later served in Taipeias the Director of the American Institute in (1996-99). In Taiwan Washingtonhe held a variety of positions, including Yugoslav Desk Officer (1977-79), PRC Desk Officer (1979-81), Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs (1982-84), Deputy Coordinator for Assistance to the countries of the former Soviet Union(1994-96), Deputy Director of the Bosnian Task Force (1996), and Political Adviser to the Chief of Naval Operations (1999-2000).
Ambassador Johnson received his BA (cum laude) from the
Universityof Washingtonand also attended the Universityof Puget Sound, the Universityof Minnesotaand . He was selected for the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa, and for the honor societies for military science, music and literature. In addition to Thai, he speaks Chinese (Mandarin), Russian, Polish and some Lithuanian. Princeton University