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William Edward "Bill" Todd (born 1961)[1] was appointed in February 2018 as Deputy Under Secretary for Management. He also serves as the Acting Under Secretary of State for Management[2].

William Edward Todd
William Todd Official Portrait.jpg
Under Secretary of State for Management
Assumed office
February 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byPatrick F. Kennedy
Director General of the Foreign Service
In office
June 12, 2017 – February 1, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byArnold A. Chacón
Succeeded byCarol Perez
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs
In office
January 20, 2017 – June 12, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byNisha Desai Biswal
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs
Assumed office
August 14, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byRichard Hoagland
United States Ambassador to Cambodia
In office
April 2, 2012 – August 14, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byCarol Rodley
Succeeded byWilliam Heidt
United States Ambassador to Brunei
In office
September 15, 2008 – June 10, 2010
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded byEmil Skodon
Succeeded byJohn McIntyre
Personal details
Born1961 (age 57–58)
Spouse(s)Ann Buckingham
Alma materLongwood University


Previous responsibilitiesEdit

Ambassador Todd was most recently the Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs from January 2017 and had served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the same bureau since August 2015.[3]

Immediately prior, he served as the United States Ambassador to Cambodia beginning in 2012. He was confirmed on March 29, 2012 by the U.S. Senate and sworn in on April 17, 2012.[4] He officially became the United States Ambassador to Cambodia when King Norodom Sihamoni accepted his credentials on June 8, 2012.[5] During his time in Cambodia he focused on the advancement of democracy, human rights, regional stability, counterterrorism and trade and investment and directed a very successful large and complex development and assistance program that improved the daily lives of the average Cambodian. He also authored a widely read weekly newspaper column called, "Ask the Ambassador."

Before his appointment to Cambodia, he served as the Coordinating Director of Development and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. While in Afghanistan, he was responsible for all nonmilitary civilian assistance in Afghanistan, including implementation of the largest foreign assistance program and budget in U.S. history. In this capacity he also directed civilian field operations with an American staff of over 600, including 350 civilians embedded with the military in most of Afghanistan's 34 provinces and at five regional Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs).

Career highlightsEdit

2008 to 2010Edit

From 2008 to 2010, Ambassador Todd was the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. During his time in Brunei, he focused on regional stability, counterterrorism, democratization, and trade and investment.

2006 to 2008Edit

Prior to serving as Ambassador to Brunei, Ambassador Todd was the Acting Inspector General of the Department of State in 2008 and Deputy Inspector General from 2006 to 2008. In both capacities, he directed all Office of Inspector General activities, domestically and abroad, including at 260 diplomatic missions in 163 countries.

2002 to 2006Edit

From 2002 to 2006, Ambassador Todd served in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the Department of State. Over this period he served in several INL senior positions, including Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS), Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Civilian Police and Rule of Law Programs and for the Office of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, as well as Executive Director and Controller. As PDAS, he was the Chief Operating Officer for global programs, including all post-conflict activities. His leadership placed him at the forefront of international programs for rule of law, police training, and counternarcotics efforts in some of the most volatile regions of the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Colombia. Ambassador Todd managed more than 4,000 employees and contractors in more than 75 theaters of operation.

Other positions heldEdit

Ambassador Todd has held several other very senior positions within the U.S. Government. Ambassador Todd has been a career member of the Senior Service for more than 20 years. He is highly decorated and has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career for his strong program and management skills.

Family lifeEdit

Ambassador Todd is married to Ann Buckingham-Todd and has four children. He holds a B.S. from Longwood College and is also a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of Virginia.


  1. ^ William Edward Todd (1961–)
  2. ^ "Todd, William E." U.S. Department of State. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Todd, William E." Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  4. ^ "Todd, William E". Biographies Listed Alphabetically by Last Name. United States Department of State. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
  5. ^ "U.S. Ambassador William E. Todd Presents Credentials". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2013-04-08.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Emil Skodon
United States Ambassador to Brunei
Succeeded by
John McIntyre
Preceded by
Carol Rodley
United States Ambassador to Cambodia
Succeeded by
William Heidt