The beginning of 1999 saw the arrival of a new management team at ITU, elected by the Unionís Member States at the Minneapolis Plenipotentiary Conference in
Yoshio Utsumi took the helm as ITU Secretary-General, following a long and distinguished career with Japanís Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. New
Deputy Secretary-General Roberto Blois was formerly the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), and also held senior posts with Brazilís Ministry of Communications.
They were joined by the Directors of each of the three ITU Bureaux Ė Robert Jones, who was elected to a second term after a successful four years as Director
of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), Houlin Zhao, who was elected to the post of Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) after many yearsí experience coordinating ITU standardization work,
and Hamadoun Tourť, who left a senior private sector position in the field of satellite communications to take up his new role as Director of ITUís Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT).
The new team, which was elected on a platform of ITU reform, has demonstrated a strong commitment to this goal through a range of formal and informal initiatives
aimed at redefining the future role of the Union in relation to the needs of its growing and evolving membership. At the same time, they have ushered in widespread adoption of new procedures such as cost recovery
mechanisms, while actively developing new strategies to increase the organizationís responsiveness by eliminating inefficiencies at an operational level.
Through these and other initiatives, the new team hopes to foster the creation of a new ITU, which will continue to play a unique and vital role in the evolution
of the infocommunications sector in the 21st century.