In 2016 the OECD members agreed on a set of procedures for selecting a new Secretary-General. The procedures are in document C(2016)70. On 3 August 2020, the Heads of Delegation endorsed a Selection Committee made up of Ambassador Sharrock (UK, Chair), Ambassador Schommer (Luxembourg), Ambassador Galvan (Mexico) and Ambassador Okamura (Japan).
On 1 September 2020, the Dean of Ambassadors to the OECD, UK Permanent Representative Christopher Sharrock, issued a formal call to OECD member countries for nominations of candidates to the position.
According to the procedures established for selection of the Secretary-General, nominations of candidates were to be put forward in writing to the Dean, as Chair of the Selection Committee no later than two months following the public call for nominations. This nomination window closed at midnight on 1 November 2020, with ten candidates having been nominated.
Following the close of the nomination period, each candidate was interviewed by the Members at meetings of Heads of Delegations. In these interviews, each candidate was asked to present themselves and articulate their vision for the Organisation. The presentations were followed by a question and answer session between each candidate and the Heads of Delegations.
The interviews took place 1 – 11 December 2020. Due to the COVID-19 situation the interviews were in a virtual format.
The Chair carried out confidential consultations with individual Members between 7 January and 8 March 2021 in order to narrow the field of candidates and ultimately identify the candidate around whom consensus can be built for appointment as the Secretary-General. The Chair was assisted by the Selection Committee in the consultation process and reported to the membership after each round of consultations. The reports of the Chair have been posted to the OECD website.
On 15 March, the OECD Council took the decision to appoint Mr Mathias Cormann for a five-year term beginning 1 June 2021.
Last updated on 15 March 2021