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The search is on for a new secretary-general to replace Donald J. Johnston, who will step down in May 2006 after 10 years in the post (OECD Observer No 246/247). OECD countries have been asked to put forward candidates by 15 July 2005. It is expected that by 1 December 2005 the name of the successful candidate will be known.

One of the main challenges facing the new secretary-general will be to lead the organisation as it strengthens its activities against a background of increased economic interdependence among the OECD countries and with the rest of the world.

The out-going secretary-general took office in 1996. During his tenure he has led a process of modernisation and reform, while expanding the organisation’s membership, as well as its work, to cover new areas from electronic commerce to health policy.

©OECD Observer No 249, May 2005

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