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ICRC appoints new Directors

25-04-2002 News Release 02/26

The new Directorate will take up its duties on 1 July 2002.

Geneva (ICRC)– At its meeting of 25 April, the ICRC appointed the following four new Directors:

Pierre Kraehenbuehl, Director of Operations. Mr Kraehenbuehl, who is 36 and holds a B.A. in political science and international relations, joined the ICRC in 1991. After carrying out assignments in El Salvador, Peru, Afghanistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina, he served as head of operations for Central and South-Eastern Europe in Geneva. He was appointed personal adviser to the President in 2000.

Jacques Stroun, Director of Human Resources. Born in 1955, Mr Stroun is a medical doctor and has trained in the fields of management and human resources. After joining the ICRC in 1980, he worked in Cambodia and El Salvador before returning to Geneva to take up the posts successively of head of the Detention Division and Deputy Director of Operations. He was appointed Director of Human Resources and Finance in 1998.

Doris Pfister, Director of Resources and Operational Support. Ms Pfister, 46, holds a B.A. in economics and an M.S. in organizational behaviour. She began her career at the ICRC in 1989 after initially working as a journalist. Following assignments as a delegate in Israel and the occupied and autonomous territories, Sri Lanka and Cambodia, Ms Pfister carried out various tasks in connection with ICRC cooperation with the rest of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and held headquarters posts in the Press Division and the Department of Operations. She is currently deputy head of the Division of Finance and Administration.

Yves Daccord, Director of Communication. A former journalist, Mr Daccord, 38, holds a B.A. in political science . He joined the ICRC in 1992 and has worked in Israel and the occupied and autonomous territories, Sudan, Yemen, the northern Caucasus and Georgia. He returned to ICRC headquarters in 1997 to take up the post of deputy head of the Division for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law. Since 1998 he has headed the organization's Communication Division.

The Directorate will also continue to include François Bugnion as Director for Law and Cooperation within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Mr Bugnion, aged 56, holds a B.A. and PhD. in political science. He began his career at the ICRC in 1970. After carrying out various assignments in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, he successively held the headquarters posts of Deputy Director for International Law and Policy and Delegate-General for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He was appointed Director for International Law and Communication in 2000.

The new Directorate will be headed by Angelo Gnaedinger, who was recently appointed Director-General. Born in 1951, Mr Gnaedinger trained as a lawyer before joining the ICRC in 1984. Following field assignments in the Middle East and Africa, he held various posts at the ICRC's Department of Operations in Geneva. He has been Delegate-General for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa since 1998.

The new Directorate will take up its duties on 1 July 2002. Prior to this, it will hold regular meetings in order to define its future operating methods and major priorities.

The ICRC Directorate is the organization's executive body. Its members are appointed by the Assembly for four-year terms.