ICRC names new president

The Assembly of the ICRC, the organization's governing body, appointed Peter Maurer as the ICRC's next president. He succeeds Jakob Kellenberger, the ICRC president since 2000, who will retire at the end of his third term. Mr Maurer will take up his responsibilities on July 1st, 2012 for a renewable four-year term.

Mr Maurer is currently Switzerland's State secretary for foreign affairs, a position he has held since January 2010. In this position, he directs the Swiss diplomatic service at its Berne HQ and in its approximately 150 embassies and other diplomatic missions around the world.

Mr Kellenberger will be leaving after three terms in office. He will have served as president from January 1st, 2000 to June 30th, 2012, a period during which the nature of armed conflict changed significantly. The ICRC had to adapt its activities accordingly. Under Mr Kellenberger's presidency, the ICRC expanded its operations and broadened their scope to enhance the humanitarian services it provides for victims of armed conflict and other violence. In addition, it significantly internationalized and diversified its staff, both at headquarters and in the field, to be able to provide a swifter, more professional, and more appropriate humanitarian response in complex emergencies.

See Mr. Maurer's bio here.