Catherine Ashton Names Picks for Top EEAS Jobs

Pierre Vimont, French ambassador to the United States, delivers an address at the Shelburne Museum's steamship, Ticonderoga, at a special ceremony for Quebec Day in Vermont on July 10, 2009. Vimont was named by European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton as executive secretary general of the European External Action Service. Photo by: France in New England / CC BY-NC-ND France in New EnglandCC BY-NC-ND

Catherine Ashton has announced her choices for leadership positions at the soon-to-be operationalized European External Action Service: Pierre Vimont as executive secretary general and David O’Sullivan as chief operating officer.

As reported by Devex, the two have been tipped to assume top posts at the EU diplomatic corps, which will formally commence operations on Dec. 1.

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In an Oct. 25 press release, the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy said: “I promised to appoint the brightest and best and in Pierre Vimont as the Executive Secretary General, and David O’Sullivan as Chief Operating Officer I have done just that. Pierre is held in the highest regard by the diplomatic community and will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise on foreign policy issues. David has served in the highest capacity in the European Commission, as well as having a diplomatic background. In their respective roles they will help to create a European diplomatic service that the people of Europe can be proud of.”

Ashton said she will announce those who will fill the remaining vacant EEAS management posts in the coming weeks.

Vimont carries more than 30 years of experience as a French diplomat, including as permanent representative of France to the European Union in Brussels and, most recently, as the French ambassador to the United States.

O’Sullivan, who is Irish, has served the European Commission for three decades, including as secretary-general under President Romano Prodi.

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