As Ambassador to India, Verma led one of the largest US embassies in the world, including four consulates and more than 2,500 employees.
"Rich's extraordinary leadership and negotiation skills strengthened US-India ties at a time of great consequence for both countries," said Ash Carter, Belfer Center Director and former Secretary of Defence, while announcing his appointment.
"His energetic diplomacy resulted in high-level agreements supporting market access, defense, energy, and science, and set records in two-way trade. All this followed a distinguished career in the United States Air Force, on Capitol Hill, and in the State Department," Carter said.
Verma said he was thrilled and honoured by the appointment.
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