United Nations

07.12.13

UN Women Appoints New Head

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of South Africa is taking over from Chile's Michelle Bachelet.

UN Women received a new head Wednesday—Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former deputy president of South Africa. She is taking over as the organization's chief from Michelle Bachelet, who resigned in March to run for another term as Chilean president. A spokesman said Mlambo-Ngcuka will bring "a wealth of experience," "consensus building," and "hands-on management experience." Before entering the political sphere, she was the first president of the Natal Organisation of Women and later served in political positions in the South African government.