IMF Managing Director Horst Köhler announced on June 10 that Anoop Singh, currently Director for Special Operations, would succeed Claudio Loser as Director of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department. Singh will serve as Director-designate of the Western Hemisphere Department until Loser’s retirement later in the year. For the time being, he will remain in his current position in Special Operations—a unit that, by the end of the summer, management intends to integrate into the IMF’s organizational structure and enhance the IMF’s capacity to manage and prevent financial crises.
Singh, an Indian national, has more than 25 years of experience at the IMF. Before being appointed Director for Special Operations in February 2002, he was Deputy Director of the Asia and Pacific Department and has held a range of senior positions within the IMF. In the early 1980s, Singh served as Special Advisor to the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. In the late 1980s, on secondment from the IMF, he was Senior Advisor to the World Bank’s Vice President for Asia. Köhler noted that Singh “has demonstrated strong operational and intellectual leadership in a variety of assignments. This background will serve Anoop well as he takes on the challenges of his new position in this critically important region.”
Köhler also praised Loser’s contribution, noting that he has given “excellent service to the IMF during his distinguished career.” Loser has served as Director of the Western Hemisphere Department since 1994.
For the full text of News Brief No 02/46, see the IMF’s website (www.imf.org).