Filling Top Management Positions in the AfDB
Tunis, 2 November, 2005 – The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Mr. Donald Kaberuka, is moving expeditiously to identify viable candidates to fill top management positions in the institution. Three Vice Presidents left the Bank as of October 31 and a fourth will be retiring at the end of November. In a letter to staff, the President spoke of his intention to get world-class professionals to join the Bank and assist in its development mission.
Mr. Kaberuka said the process of selecting candidates to replace the departing Vice Presidents and the Chief Economist will be transparent and competitive, open to internal and external candidates, and done in consultation with the Board of Directors. He has often raised the issue of the lack of diversity in the Bank’s leadership team.
He said he would be working with expert firms in a process which should be completed no later than December 25, except for the position of Chief Economist for which the search will be extended to the end of January. "We will be looking for the highest level of competence, reform-mindedness and a clear commitment to development in Africa," Mr. Kaberuka emphasized.
For the purpose of running day-to-day business, the President requested next-in-line officers by seniority to act as "Officers in Charge" for the next two months.
Former Vice President Olabisi Ogunjobi (Operations Centre and West) was at the Boardroom on his last day in office to receive an achievement plaque and the commendations of the President and the Board for nearly three decades of service to the Bank. A similar exercise will be conducted at an appropriate time for departing Vice Presidents Chanel Boucher (Policy Planning and Research), Ousmane Kane (Corporate Management) and Theodore Nkodo (Operations North, South and East).
President Kaberuka noted in his message to staff that the Task Force for Institutional and Operational Reforms led by the Vice President for Finance Thierry de Longuemar and Director of Cabinet Henock Kifle would be presenting a first set of reform proposals at the end of December. He told staff members he was grateful for "the work you are doing and for your active support to this process of institutional repositioning and regeneration."