George Mu was confirmed by the Senate on October 22, 1998 as Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire. Ambassador Mu is the first Commercial Service Officer to become an Ambassador.
Ambassador Mu is a graduate of the University of California in Berkeley. Born and raised in San Francisco, he entered the Foreign Service in 1969 and started his career in Singapore, followed by postings to Hong Kong, Taipei, and Tokyo. He returned to the Department of Commerce in 1983, where he served as Deputy Director in the Office of Japan followed by assignments in Korea, Canada, Japan, and in the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels. Ambassador Mu was appointed to the rank of Career Minister in 1992, becoming the highest ranking Foreign Service Officer in the Commercial Service.
Ambassador Mu served as Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs in Tokyo from 1991 to 1997, where he was the Ambassador's principal advisor in defining commercial programs and trade objectives in Japan. Ambassador Walter F. Mondale lauded Ambassador Mu for his critical contributions to developing the negotiating strategy for the landmark U.S.-Japan Auto Agreement and for his success in strengthening the commercial impact of our Japanese posts. In 1993, Ambassador Mu received the Presidential Meritorious Award, and in 1996 was selected for the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for sustained extraordinary accomplishments in managing the U.S. Government's commercial operations in Japan.
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