IMF Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato announced October 13 that he had appointed Michael Kuhn as the new Director of the Finance Department. Kuhn is replacing Eduard Brau, who led the department for the past five years.
“As Deputy Director of the Finance Department since 1999, Michael Kuhn has helped lead the work on modernizing the IMF’s financial policies, streamlining the Finance Department’s operations, and strengthening its work on financial risk management and safeguarding the IMF’s resources,” de Rato said. Kuhn will take over a department that has made great strides in recent years in improving the transparency of the IMF’s financial accounts—improvements that the Managing Director attributed to Brau’s outstanding leadership.
Kuhn, 54, is a national of Germany. He joined the IMF staff in 1983 and has held senior positions in a number of different departments. Kuhn holds degrees in economics from Golden Gate and Princeton universities.