Sung Kim, the new US Ambassador to the Philippines, will be arriving in Manila on December 1.
Kim, who was sworn in on November 3, 2016, will replace US Ambassador Philip Goldberg who has been in his post since November 21, 2013.
Previously, Kim served as Special Representative for North Korea Policy and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan.
He was the US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from November 2011. Kim also served in a variety of positions in the East Asia Pacific region, including overseas assignments in Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.
In Washington, he was director of the Office of Korean Affairs, desk officer in the Office of Chinese Affairs, and Staff Assistant in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked as a public prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Los Angeles where he attended middle school and high school.
He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a degree in law from Loyola University. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Korea.
He is married to Jae Eun Chung, and they have two daughters.