Michel Kazatchkine resigns from Global Fund: Gabriel Jaramillo, Brazilian banker, to serve as general manager

Global Fund Observer

On 24 January 2012, Michel Kazatchkine announced that he will “step down” as Executive Director of the Global Fund by mid-March. He said that his planned resignation resulted from a decision by the Global Fund Board two months ago to appoint a General Manager who will supervise many Global Fund activities and who will report direct to the Board. GFO understands that this decision by the Board to transfer many of Dr Kazatchkine’s responsibilities to someone else arose from the Board’s concern that the Fund’s managerial leadership was not sufficiently effective.

“For the last ten years, the Global Fund has been my passion and my most important undertaking,” Prof. Kazatchkine said in a statement to staff. Simon Bland, Global Fund Board Chair, responded by saying, “Few individuals have played a more central role in the creation and evolution of the Global Fund than Michel.”

The Global Fund also announced today that the General Manager will be Gabriel Jaramillo, a prominent banker from Latin America who was one of the members of the High Level Panel that extensively evaluated the work of the Global Fund during 2011. Mr Jaramillo spent three days last week meeting senior staff at the Global Fund.

The Global Fund said that Mr Jaramillo will take up a 12-month appointment on 1 February. The Fund did not specify whether Mr Jaramillo will serve as Acting Executive Director once Dr Kazatchkine leaves, but it implied that he will when it said, in a Q&A document sent to Board delegation members, that Mr Jaramillo will “take over all of the management responsibilities of the Global Fund Secretariat.” A spokesman told GFO that the Global Fund will launch a search for a new Executive Director “in due time.”

Mr. Jaramillo, a native of Colombia and a citizen of Brazil, is a former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Bank. Since he retired a year ago, he has served as a Special Advisor to the Office of the Special Envoy for Malaria of the Secretary General of the United Nations. Mr Bland said in a press release that Mr Jaramillo “is an outstanding choice, and exactly what we need at this time: an excellent manager and a proven financial leader who can direct change and improve performance in a large institution during a time of transition.”

Source: Global Fund Observer (GFO) Issue 174: 24 January 2012.

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