Ambassador Daniel Bennett Smith
Daniel Bennett Smith was sworn in as United States Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic on September 7, 2010.
A career officer in the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Career Minister, Ambassador Smith served most recently as Executive Secretary of the State Department. He has held other senior positions in the Department, including Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs and Deputy Executive Secretary. His overseas service includes tours in Bern, Istanbul, Ottawa and Stockholm. He also taught Political Science at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Ambassador Smith is a recipient of the Arnold L. Raphel Memorial Award, the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award, a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, and several Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.
Ambassador Smith received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Stanford University and his B.A. from the University of Colorado in Boulder. His foreign languages are German, Turkish and Swedish. He is married and has three sons.