July 10, 1987 The President today announced his intention to nominate James B. Moran, of Virginia, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Seychelles. He would succeed Irvin Hicks.
Before joining the Foreign Service staff corps in 1952, Mr. Moran was an accounts clerk (part-time) with Olympic Stain Products in Seattle, WA, 1947 - 1950. From 1950 to 1952, he was an executive trainee with Union Oil Company of California, Seattle, WA. His first assignment in the Foreign Service was as a clerk at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, 1952 - 1954. He returned to the Department of State as a procurement officer, 1955 - 1956, to be followed as a post management officer in the East Asia Bureau, 1957 - 1959. His first assignment after becoming a Foreign Service Officer in 1959 was general services officer at the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon, Burma. He served there until 1961, when he went to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, U.S.S.R., as general services officer. From 1964 to 1966, he served as supervisory post management officer in the Bureau of East Asian Affairs, followed by personnel officer in the Personnel Division of the Department of State, 1967 - 1969. Mr. Moran attended the National Defense College, 1969 - 1970, following which he became administrative officer at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam, 1970 - 1972, and counselor for administration, 1972 - 1973. From 1973 to 1974, he was a Foreign Service inspector, and then Executive Director of the Executive Secretariat, 1974 - 1977. From 1977 to 1980, Mr. Moran was Executive Director of the East Asian Bureau before his assignment to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, People's Republic of China, 1980 - 1983, as counselor for administration. Since 1983 he has been Executive Director of the African Bureau.
Mr. Moran graduated from Everett Junior College (A.A.B., 1947) and the University of Washington (B.A., 1950). He served in the United States Army Air Crops, 1943 - 1946. Mr. Moran was born April 30, 1924, in Port Angeles, WA. He is married, has four children, and resides in Springfield, VA.