Monday, September 22, 2008
Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization unanimously appointed Francis Gurry as the Organization's new Director General.
Mr. Gurry, an Australian national and 23-year veteran of WIPO, was appointed by unanimous acclamation at the opening of the Organization's annual Assemblies Monday morning. He succeeds Dr. Kamil Idris, who served as Director General since 1997.
The appointment by the General Assembly, WIPO's highest governing body, follows Mr. Gurry's nomination in May by the WIPO Coordination Committee.