Washington, DC (BBN)-US President Barack Obama has nominated Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, as the next US ambassador to Bangladesh.

Bernicat will replace incumbent US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan W Mozena on completion of his three-year tenure, said a press statement of the Office of the Press Secretary at the White House.

Mozena was appointed to Bangladesh in November 2011.

A certificate of confidence on her ambassadorial nomination was submitted to the US committee on foreign relations by the United States Senate on May 22.

The Senate will finalise her appointment after a hearing. 

Bernicat is currently serving as a deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State, a position she has been holding since 2012.

Previously, she was the ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau from 2008 to 2011.

She served as the office director for India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan in the Bureau of South Asian Affairs at the US Department of State during 2006-08.

Bernicat was the deputy political counselor at the US embassy in New Delhi, India from 1992-95, and desk officer for Nepal and India in the Bureau of Near East and South Asian Affairs during 1988-90.

Bernicat, a master's holder on Foreign Service from Georgetown University, has received several Department of State honours including five senior Foreign Service performance awards and two superior honour awards.

BBN/ANS/AD-24May14-10:00am (BST)