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New chief economist and two new deputy secretaries-general join the OECD.

New chief economist appointed–

Catherine L. Mann has joined the OECD as the new chief economist. Reporting to the secretary-general, Ms Mann’s appointment will reinforce the OECD’s commitment to identifying and promoting better policies for better lives around the world. She replaces Pier Carlo Padoan, who became Italy’s Minister of Economy and Finance in February 2014, and took up her post in October.

“Catherine is the right person at the right time to be our chief economist, ” OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said on announcing the news in September. “Her appointment is particularly critical at a moment when our economies continue to suffer from the legacies of the crisis, and when we need to identify new sources of growth for the years to come.”

Ms Mann, a US citizen, holds a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University. She has had a distinguished career in the public sector and academia. Her previous post was as Rosenberg Professor of Global Finance at Brandeis University and from 1997 to 2011 was a senior fellow and visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Ms Mann has served as a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisors in the White House and worked in the vice president for development economics/chief economist’s office at the World Bank. Ms Mann spent 13 years on the Federal Reserve Board as a Senior Economist and Assistant Director. Her written work includes: The Globalisation of Venture Capital; Offshore Outsourcing and the Globalization of Services; External imbalance: costs and
consequences of unsustainable trajectories; Supply Chain Logistics, Trade Facilitation, and International Trade.

Ms Mann is the second woman in the history of the OECD to hold the position of chief economist, after Sylvia Ostry, who headed the OECD Economics Department in 1979-1983. She will also serve as OECD representative at the deputies’ meetings of the G20 Finance Track.

For more on Chief Economist Catherine L Mann, see http://oe.cd/KF and www.clmann.com.


–as new deputy secretaries-general join the organisation


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Finland’s former Prime Minister, Mari Kiviniemi, and former state secretary at Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Stefan Kapferer, have been appointed as deputy secretaries-general of the OECD.

Ms Kiviniemi and Mr Kapferer will support OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría in his strategic objective of increasing the impact and relevance of OECD work, as well as strengthening the organisation’s outreach efforts with emerging economies and contributing to the public policy challenges of assuring strong inclusive growth, jobs, equality and trust.

Ms Kivinemi was Finland’s prime minister from 2010-2011. She had previously been minister of public administration and local government; trade and development; and European affairs. She has been a member of parliament since 1995.

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In Germany Mr Kapferer’s managerial responsibilities covered industrial policy, external policy, innovation and small and medium-sized companies at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. He previously served as state secretary in the Federal Ministries of Economics and Technology in 2011-13 and Health in 2009-11, where he was instrumental in developing and implementing the German government’s reform and competitiveness agenda.

Ms Kiviniemi and Mr Kapferer replace Pier Carlo Padoan, who became Italy’s minister of economy in February 2014, and former Belgian prime minister, Yves Leterme, who was appointed secretary-general of the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in June 2014.


For more on the OECD deputy secretaries-general, see http://oe.cd/KD.


© OECD Observer No 300, Q3 2014




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