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Inauguration ceremony for new ITU top management, ITU, Geneva, 16 January 2019

Five new officials elected by ITU Plenipotentiary Conference




Geneva, 14 January 2019
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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies, will inaugurate its new management team on 16 January 2019.

Unlike other United Nations agencies, which have just one elected head, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference elects five top officials.

​The five Elected Officials have taken up their duties on 1 January 2019, for the next four years (2019 to 2023):
  • Mr Houlin Zhao of China was re-elected to the post of ITU Secretary-General.
  • Mr Malcolm Johnson of the United Kingdom was re-elected to the post of ITU Deputy Secretary-General.
  • Dr Chaesub Lee of the Republic of Korea was re-elected to the post of Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB).
  • Mr Mario Maniewicz of Uruguay was elected to the post of Director of ITU's Radiocommunication Bureau (BR).
  • Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States was elected to the post of Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). Ms Bogdan-Martin is the first woman elected to an ITU leadership position in the Union's 153-year history.

What: ​​Inauguration ceremony for ITU's top 5 newly elected officials

When: 16 January 2019, 11:00 to 12:00

Where: International Telecommunication Union, Popov Room, Geneva

Who: Permanent Missions and Heads of UN Agencies based in Geneva and members of the press

​Access: New security measures are in place at ITU. Journalists interested in attending the inauguration ceremony, kindly give advance notice to pressinfo@itu.int. All journalists will be required to enter ITU headquarters through ITU's Montbrillant Building at Avenue de France.

Local media are kindly requested to bring a valid photo ID so a visitor badge can be issued.
UN-accredited media are kindly requested to bring their UNOG ID/badge so that an ITU chip can be added.

Interviews: Journalists interested in interviewing the newly elected officials are requested to contact pressinfo@itu.int ​or call +41 22 730 6039.

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