Paul Wohlers is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service who was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on August 2, 2011 and sworn-in on August 11, 2011 to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia. Prior to his nomination, he served as Deputy Executive Secretary at the U.S. Department of State. Ambassador Wohlers previously served as Director of the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Deputy Director of the Executive Secretariat Staff, and Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center. Earlier in his career, Ambassador Wohlers held diplomatic postings at U.S. embassies in Bucharest, Moscow, and Nicosia. In Washington, Ambassador Wohlers worked on arms control issues in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and was Desk Officer for Bangladesh in the Bureau of South Asian Affairs. He also served on the Executive Secretariat Staff. Prior to joining the State Department, Ambassador Wohlers served as a Naval Flight Officer. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and earned a J.D. from the University of Washington.