Former diplomat Marc Grossman was on Friday named to succeed Richard Holbrooke as US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The appointment was announced by Secretary of state Hillary Clinton in a speech on Afghanistan and Pakistan in New York.
India would be watching Grossman for the missteps that made Holbrooke unpopular in New Delhi.
But Indian officials have said they are "comfortable" with the appointment.
They added they know Grossman, have dealt with him and found him to be a consummate diplomat.