The White House Office of the Press Secretary released the following announcement on May 1, according to the Public Affairs Section, U.S.Embassy to Kyiv:

The President intends to nominate William B. Taylor, Jr., of Virginia, to  be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of  America to Ukraine. 

Mr. Taylor, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, currently serves as Senior Consultant to the Coordinator of Reconstruction and  Stabilization at the Department of State.

Prior to this, he served as the United States Representative to the  Quartet`s Special Envoy for Disengagement in Jerusalem.  Earlier in his career, he served as Director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management  Office in Baghdad, Iraq.

In addition, Mr. Taylor served in Kabul, Afghanistan as Coordinator of  United States and International Assistance to Afghanistan and as Afghan  Coordinator in the Bureau of South Asian Affairs at the Department of State.

He also served as a Captain in the United States Army.  Mr. Taylor received  his bachelor`s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point  and his master`s degree from Harvard University.       

The news was monitored by The Action Ukraine Report (AUR) Monitoring Service, Morgan Williams, Editor.