John E. Popovich

John E. Popovich

Title: Minister and Counselor (Retired)
Company: U.S. Agency for International Development
Location: Cary, North Carolina, United States

John E. Popovich, a retired Minister and Counselor of the U.S. Agency for International Development, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public service.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Popovich served with the U.S. Agency for International Development until commencing his retirement in 1993. Initially joining the agency in 1960, he worked in various administrative positions, including as an assistant general services officer, a general services officer, a field support officer and an executive officer. Some of Mr. Popovich’s responsibilities, which spanned from security and housing, to warehousing, also included overseeing approximately 200 or more employees and their families at any given time. Concluding his career as an assistant inspector general for resource management in the Office of the Inspector General, he left with the rank of a minister counselor in senior foreign service. Additionally, Mr. Popovich formerly worked for General Steamship Corporation Ltd. in California.

Well regarded for his accomplishments, Mr. Popovich received a USA Award for Civilian Service in Vietnam in 1970 and a $10,000 Award for Excellent Work in 1990. Upon reflection, he cites the highlights of his career as his assignment to Yemen and managing a foreign aid mission, along with his assignments to Laos, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt and Panama. At the start of his career, Mr. Popovich enlisted within the U.S. Army in 1952, at the height of the Korean War.

Offered various training opportunities, Mr. Popovich attended the Army Language School in Monterey, California, where he studied the Russian language for 46 weeks. He subsequently spent the next two years in Japan. Upon his return to the U.S., Mr. Popovich attained a Bachelor of Science in Asian history and theology from the University of San Francisco in 1958.

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