Zhao Re-Elected to Top ITU Post, First Woman Elected to Leadership Position
Thursday, November 01, 2018 | Comments

Member states of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) re-elected Houlin Zhao of China as ITU secretary-general and elected the union’s first woman to a top executive post.

The election took place during the ITU’s 20th Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Zhao won the position with 176 votes, from 178 ballot papers deposited. He contested the position unopposed.

Zhao, an information and communication technology (ICT) engineer who has served in a variety of senior management positions at ITU, will begin his second, and last, four-year term 1 January.

“We continue to connect the unconnected,” says Zhao. “We are strengthening partnerships to implement our common vision of a connected world, where information and communication technology is a source for good for everyone everywhere.”

Prior to first being elected as ITU secretary general in 2014, Zhao served eight years as ITU deputy secretary-general. He also served two elected terms as director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), which develops technical standards to ensure worldwide ICT interoperability. Before that, he was a senior counselor with TSB for 12 years.

Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States was elected to the post of Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) director. She is the first woman elected to an ITU leadership position in the union's 153-year history.

Malcolm Johnson of the United Kingdom was re-elected to the post of ITU Deputy Secretary-General. Chaesub Lee of Republic of Korea was re-elected to the post of TSB Director.

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