Accra, 8 May 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced two appointments on key positions at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). María Eugenia Casar of Mexico has been appointed to succeed Rebeca Grynspan as the Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the UNDP, whilst Jessica Faieta of Ecuador replaces Heraldo Muñoz as Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Muñoz has returned to Chile to take up the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Ms. Casar has a rich and distinguished career. She began her career as a Professor and headed the School of Accounting and Administration Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Before joining the UN in 2005, she held several positions in her country including National Treasurer, among others. She is currently serving as Assistant Secretary-General for Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts, Controller and Representative of the Secretary-General for the investments of the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund. She also served as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management and Accountability and Chief Financial Officer (2009-2011), and Chief Financial Officer and Director of Finance and Budget (2004-2006) at the World Food Programme in Rome.
Similarly, Ms. Faieta has many years of distinguished service within the UN, and in particular within the UNDP where she has held various leadership positions, most recently as Deputy Regional Director of the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. She also served as the Senior Country Director at UNDP Haiti, where she led UNDP’s post-disaster recovery effort after the disastrous 2010 earthquake.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his appreciation to Ms. Grynspan and Mr. Muñoz for their dedication and commitment during their terms of office at the UNDP.