An American, the first woman to have lead the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has been appointed head of UNICEF, the United Nations’ Children’s Funds, the UN said Friday.
Henrietta Fore, 69, will succeed Anthony Lake who has held the position since 2010.
In announcing this appointment by the UN Secretary-General, a spokeswoman for the international body noted that Ms. Fore had worked in the US public and private sectors as well as non-governmental organizations throughout the world through a career that spans over four decades.
In addition to USAID leadership, she has also been responsible for international assistance within the US State Department.
She is currently CEO of Holsman International, an industrial and financial group.
UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres had pledged at the beginning of the year to appoint more women to senior positions in the United Nations. Only about a quarter of these jobs are currently held by women.