Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), appointed former South Carolina Governor David Beasley to run the World Food Programme (WFP).
The WFP executive board noted Beasley’s appointment in a letter to Guterres on 28 March 2017.
Beasley will replace Etharin Cousin, who has been serving as the Executive Director of the WFP since 2012.
Beasley was among 23 applications/nominations for the job.
Who is David Beasley?
• Born on 26 February 1957, David Muldrow Beasley is an American politician.
• From 1995 to 1999, he served one term as the 113th Governor of South Carolina, as a member of the Republican Party.
• He began his political career as a member of the Democratic Party, but switched to the Republican Party in September 1991.
About World Food Programme
• The World Food Programme is the food-assistance branch of the UN.
• It is the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security.
• It provides food assistance to an average of 80 million people in 75 countries each year.
• It is headquartered in Rome.
• It is a member of the United Nations Development Group and part of its Executive Committee.
Who: David Beasley
When: 28 March 2017