NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has decided to appoint Mircea Geoana as the next Deputy Secretary General. He will take up his post in October 2019, replacing Rose Gottemoeller, who has been the Deputy Secretary General of NATO since October 2016.
”I am happy to announce the appointment of Mircea Geoana as the next Deputy Secretary General. He is a staunch advocate of the transatlantic bond and will bring long experience as a statesman and diplomat to this post. He will be the first Romanian to hold this senior office. I am very grateful to Rose Gottemoeller. Her diplomatic skills and her expertise in international security policy have been invaluable to the Alliance, as NATO continues to adapt to a more unpredictable security environment,” said Jens Stoltenberg.
Mircea Geoana will take on the highest position ever held by a Romanian in an international organisation. He is the founder and president of Aspen Institute Romania, and previously served as President of the Romanian Senate, Foreign Minister, and Romania’s Ambassador to the United States. He also ran for president in 2009 against Traian Basescu.