Ambassador Michael George DeSombre was nominated by President Trump on July 17, 2019 and confirmed by the United States Senate on January 8, 2020 as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand.
Ambassador DeSombre was a partner in the global law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell from 2004 to 2019, where he led their mergers and acquisition practice in Asia. Ambassador DeSombre has over two decades of experience representing and negotiating on behalf of American and international clients in large scale investment and economic development projects in Asia.
Ambassador DeSombre has energized the U.S.-Thai partnership by frequently engaging with civilian and military officials to further solidify our long-standing alliance.
As the first U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand to come from the private sector, he has prioritized strengthening the U.S. – Thai economic partnership. He has built bridges between U.S. firms and the Thai government, established a new advisory council of prominent U.S. business leaders in Thailand, met with all levels of the Royal Thai Government to advise on concrete ways our economies can prosper together, and oversaw the creation of Embassy “Deal Teams” that have deepened economic ties between the United States and Thailand.