In this month's executive appointments, a contentious election, a new high-level advisory board to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, and the departure of a long-standing CEO from an international nonprofit.
UN World Tourism Organization
Zurab Pololikashvili is the new secretary-general of the U.N. World Tourism Organization. He succeeds Taleb Rifai, who held the position since October 2009.
Pololikashvili’s election to the position, however, was deeply contentious, with allegations of bribery and misconduct. At the 22nd UN WTO General Assembly held early September in Chengdu, China, Devex reported about the tensions in the room as one of the candidates for the position, Zimbabwe’s Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi, questioned the nature of his election, and seconded Gambian Tourism Minister Amat AK Bah’s request for a ballot vote in settling the Georgian ambassador’s confirmation.