IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde

The Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has tendered her resignation, which will take effect from September 12.

The executive board of the fund has accepted the resignation and said that it would begin a selection process promptly.

Lagarde’s resignation came after being nominated as the President of the European Central Bank on July 2.

“Concurrently, I informed the Ethics Committee of the Board of my intention to
relinquish my duties as Managing Director of the IMF to avoid actual and the perception of any conflict of interest,” her resignation letter dated July 16 reads in part.

Stating of her assurance of good leadership she said, “I know that the Fund is in the best possible hands under his stewardship until a successor has been elected.”

A statement from the executive board issued on Tuesday said, “Today the IMF executive board accepted Managing Director, Christine Lagarde’s resignation from the fund with effect from September 12, 2019.

“We would like to express our greatest appreciation for all that managing director Lagarde has done for the institution. Her legacy of achievements has made a lasting imprint on the fund.

“Under her guidance, the fund successfully helped its members navigate a complex and unprecedented set of challenges, including the impact of the global financial crisis and its aftershocks.”

It added, “The fund has excelled in serving its entire membership over the course of her tenure with cutting-edge policy advice supported by ground-breaking analytical work on a range of macro-critical issues. Her stewardship has been exceptional, and we are grateful for her innovative and visionary leadership.

“With this decision by Managing Director Lagarde, the IMF executive board will initiate promptly the process of selecting the next managing director and will communicate in a timely fashion.”

The executive board added that it had the utmost confidence in Mr David Lipton who would remain acting managing director of the fund in the interim period.


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