Matthew W. Barzun [BARZ’n]
Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Matthew W. Barzun has been America’s ambassador to the UK since 2013. Previously he served as U.S. Ambassador to Sweden from 2009-2011.
He was a pioneer in the early days of the internet, becoming the fourth employee of CNET Networks in 1993 and working there until 2004 in a variety of roles including Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President.
Before the President’s election in 2008, Ambassador Barzun was among the first to join Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee where he produced the first $25 per-person fundraiser and helped teach Obama University for campaign volunteers. President Obama selected him as National Finance Chair for his 2012 re-election campaign.
Ambassador Barzun has served on the boards of many non-profits focused on education, public policy, and interfaith relations. He lives in London with his wife, three children and their dog, Lincoln, and Kentucky remains his home.
Ambassador Barzun was officially sworn in by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on 15th August 2013 at the Department of State in Washington, DC.