OECD Secretary-General to Step down in 2006


06/01/2005 - The Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Honourable Donald J. Johnston, has advised the Member countries that he will step down from office in May 2006, having first been elected to the post in 1996.

In his letter to OECD Members, Mr. Johnston underlines the importance of sufficient preparation time for his successor in order to ensure a smooth transition. He commented that "a lengthy preparation period was very useful for me before I assumed my responsibililities as Secretary-General of the OECD".