William R. Gill is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and joined the Department of State in 1995. He arrived in Baku to serve as Deputy Chief of Mission in August 2016. Most recently, he served as a Career Development Officer in the Department of State’s Bureau of Human Resources in Washington, DC. Prior to that, he was Acting Director and Deputy Director of Western European Affairs from 2011-2013 in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Earlier, he served as U.S. Consul in Milan, Italy, from 2007 to 2011, and as U.S. Consul in Beirut, Lebanon, from 2005 to 2007, when he coordinated the evacuation of 15,000 Americans during the July-August 2006 war. His other overseas postings include Mumbai, India and Casablanca, Morocco.
Mr. Gill holds a degree in History from The College of William and Mary. He has received several awards from the Department of State, including the Assistant Secretary’s Award (Consular Affairs). He is a native of Virginia, and his foreign languages are French, Azerbaijani, Italian, and Arabic.