March 5, 1987
The President today announced his intention to nominate John Cameron Monjo, of Maryland, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to Malaysia. He succeeds Thomas P. Shoesmith.
Mr. Monjo was a management trainee with W.R. Grace & Co. from 1956 to 1957. He joined the Foreign Service and Department of State in 1957 and trained at the Foreign Service Institute for a year. He was assigned as political officer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1958 - 1961. He then went to Tokyo, Japan, as a commercial officer until 1962, when he took Japanese language training at the Foreign Service Institute Field School, 1962 - 1964. Following this he was an economic officer in Tokyo until 1965. Mr. Monjo was assigned on detail as a political officer to the Department of the Army in Naha, Okinawa, from 1965 to 1967. He returned to the State Department as international relations officer in the Office of Japanese Affairs, 1967 - 1969. From 1969 to the beginning of 1971, he was Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. From there, he took language training at the Foreign Service Institute before his assignment as political officer in Jakarta, Indonesia. From 1976 to 1978, he served as principal officer in Casablanca, Morocco. Mr. Monjo then became country director in the Office of Philippine Affairs in the State Department from 1978 to 1979. In 1979 he served as deputy chief of mission in Seoul, Korea, until 1982, when he was assigned as deputy chief of mission in Jakarta, Indonesia. From 1983 to 1985, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and since 1985 has been Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary in that Bureau.
He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (B.S. 1953). His foreign languages are Malay, French, and Japanese. Mr. Monjo is married, has two children, and resides in Bethesda, MD. He was born July 17, 1931, in Stamford, CT.