New OECD Head

Published: Wednesday, 11/30/2005 12:00 am EST

Mexican candidate Angel Gurria beat out remaining contenders Marek Belka of Poland and Sawako Takeuchi of Japan to become the new Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The selection committee, including Canadian envoy Jocelyne Bourgon, decided on Mr. Gurria after three rounds. An economist by training, Mr. Gurria has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Finance Minister, where he was responsible for a number of economic reforms in Mexico. Part of Mr. Gurria's mandate during his campaign is to improve the organization's visibility. His nomination awaits approval by the OECD's 30 member countries. Mr. Gurria will succeed Canadian Don Johnston who's been at the helm since 1996.

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