Appointment of new MFO Director General

Ambassador R. Stephen Beecroft has been appointed the MFO’s new Director General by Egypt and Israel and will assume his post in mid-September. He succeeds Ambassador David M. Satterfield who has served as Director General since 1 July 2009.

Ambassador Beecroft recently served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Arab Republic of Egypt. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Beecroft previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq from 2012 to 2014 and as the U.S. Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from 2008 to 2011.


Ambassador Beecroft’s prior assignments include service in Washington as Executive Assistant to two Secretaries of State and Special Assistant to a Deputy Secretary of State. He has also held assignments in the Department of State’s Executive Secretariat and the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Overseas he has served at the U.S. Embassies in Cairo, Baghdad, Amman, Riyadh, and Damascus. He is a recipient of the Department of State’s Meritorious, Superior, and Distinguished Honor Awards, the Human Rights in Diplomacy Award, the Deputy Chief of Mission Award, and the Department of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.


Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Beecroft practiced law in the San Francisco office of an international law firm. He holds a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.