The ITU Elects a New Secretary-General


At the 19th International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, South Korea, member states confirmed candidates for the organization’s five elected posts, as well as the 12 members of the Radio Regulations Board and the 48 Members of ITU Council, the administrative body that governs the ITU in between quadrennial plenipotentiary conferences.


Houlin Zhao of China succeeded in his bid to become the next Secretary-General of the ITU, after serving for 8 years as Deputy Secretary-General. He will succeed Dr Hamadoun Touré, HB9EHT, on January 1, 2015.

Malcolm Johnson of the United Kingdom was elected as the ITU’s new Deputy Secretary-General. François Rancy of France was confirmed for a second term as the Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau.

Brahima Sanou, the incumbent Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, was unopposed in his bid for a second term and was re-elected unanimously.

Korea’s Chaesub Lee was elected in the first round of balloting for the post of Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB). — Thanks to IARU Region 1 News