2012 election of the EBRD President

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Thomas Mirow, the EBRD's fifth President, shakes hands with Sir Suma Chakrabarti, its sixth President, in 2012

Thomas Mirow, the EBRD's fifth President, (left) shakes hands with Sir Suma Chakrabarti, its sixth President, in 2012

The EBRD's Board of Governors elected Sir Suma Chakrabarti to serve as the Bank's President for a four year term on 18 May 2012, during the EBRD’s 21st Annual Meeting in London.

The Governors represented the EBRD’s then 65 shareholders.

The outcome of the election was decided by secret ballot.

The winning candidate had to receive the votes of at least 33 shareholders (a simple majority of the total) as well as 50 percent + 1 of shareholders’ weighted votes. 

There were five candidates for the role:

  • Germany’s Thomas Mirow, the incumbent
  • Sir Suma, previously the most senior civil servant in the UK Ministry of Justice;
  • France’s Philippe de Fontaine Vive Curtaz;
  • Poland’s Jan Krzysztof Bielecki; 
  • Serbia’s Bozidar Djelic.

The sixth President of the EBRD since the Bank’s founding in 1991, Sir Suma was the first British national to be elected to the position.  

He succeeded Mr Mirow who served as President from July 2008 to July 2012.

The previous Presidents were:

July 2000 - July 2008: Jean Lemierre

Sep 1998 - Apr 2000: Horst Köhler

Sep 1993 - Jan 1998: Jacques de Larosière

Apr 1991 - Jun 1993: Jacques Attali

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