On 14 June 2013, Ambassador William Lacy Swing of the United States was re-elected to his second five-year term as Director General of the International Organization for Migration. Ambassador Swing first assumed the post on 1 October 2008. From May 2003 till January 2008, as UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ambassador Swing successfully led all facets of the largest UN peacekeeping operation in history. Before his appointment to the DRC and since November 2001, Ambassador Swing was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara and Chief of Mission, United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara.
William Lacy Swing's diplomatic career has spanned some forty years including six postings as Ambassador to South Africa, Nigeria, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex-Zaire), the former People's Republic of the Congo (Congo Brazzaville); and Haiti.
William Lacy Swing was born in 1934 in Lexington, North Carolina. He graduated from Catawba College (BA 1956) in North Carolina, and Yale University (BD, 1960) and did post-graduate studies at Tübingen University, Germany. Ambassador Swing speaks French and German.
He is married to Yuen Cheong, and has a son, Brian, who lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and a daughter Gabrielle, who is a United Nations peacekeeper in Afghanistan.