Donald Trump has named South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the UN, the BBC reports.
She is the first non-white female cabinet-level official appointed within the Trump administration.
Mrs Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants and had been a vocal critic of Mr Trump on the campaign trail.
The 44-year-old has been characterised as a rising star within the Republican party and is the youngest governor in the US.
Although she eventually voted for Mr Trump, the governor had lamented she was “not a fan” of either him or rival Hillary Clinton.