Secretary-General Johnston to step down

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Donald J. Johnston, the secretary-general of the OECD, will step down from office in May 2006. A former lawyer, politician and cabinet minister in the Canadian government, Mr Johnston was elected to the post of OECD secretary-general in 1996.

Mr Johnston advised member countries of his decision on 5 January 2005. In his letter (see link), Mr Johnston underlined 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".

©OECD January 2005




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