The U.S. embassy in New Delhi is currently headed by a charge d'affaires, Kathleen Stephens. Verma's association with Obama goes back to 2008 when he worked on presidential debate preparations for the then Illinois senator.
His parents came to the U.S in the early 1960s. "It is a day of celebration for Indian Americans," said Dr Sampat Shivangi, national president of Indian American Forum for Political Education. "Verma deserves this worthy appointment due to his dedication and well deserved respect he commands from President Obama and entire US Congress and the nation," said Shivangi, one of the few Indian-Americans invited to attend the swearing in ceremony at the State Department on Friday.