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IMF’s longest-serving first deputy managing director leaving

WASHINGTON, USA — International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva announced on Friday that David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director (FDMD), would be leaving the Fund at the end of February in the context of changes she will be making to the leadership team.

Lipton is the IMF’s longest-serving FDMD, a position he took up in September 2011. His wide-ranging portfolio at the IMF covered strategy, policy development, multilateral and country surveillance, as well as lending programs. He led several major initiatives, including the Fund’s Early Warning Exercise — held twice a year at the Spring and annual meetings to highlight present and future challenges faced by policymakers; the External Balance Assessment Framework and the related External Sector Report, which assess countries’ external positions and exchange rates; and, new work on the integrated policy framework, which considers how policy tools work best jointly and aims at strengthening Fund surveillance and traction.

Georgieva lauded Lipton for his “intellectual leadership and innovative insights” and said that he commands “wide respect across the IMF’s 189 member countries” as well as among IMF staff.

She added: “In his position as FDMD for the past nine years, indeed he is the IMF’s longest-serving FDMD. David has provided an invaluable service to the Fund’s membership and the global economy more broadly with his outstanding economic experience and expertise. The list of his achievements at the Fund is long. Put simply, David’s efforts to further enhance the rigor of the Fund’s analytical work and his ability to bring a policymaker’s perspective to the table are unsurpassed. I thank him for all that he has done for the Fund and the people we serve.”

Lipton said that “Kristalina and I worked closely together while she was at the World Bank and I was pleased while serving as acting managing director, and in the months since, to help facilitate her successful transition to the Fund. I believe in the work of the Fund. It has been an honor to work here, first for eight years at the start of my professional career in 1981 and then as FDMD since 2011. The Fund is an institution providing invaluable service to its members and the global economy writ large, and I am pleased to have served it for so long.”

Lipton, a US national, began his career as a young economist at the IMF and worked for eight years on economic stabilization issues in emerging markets and poor countries. From 1989 to 1992, he teamed up with Professor Jeffrey Sachs, then at Harvard University, working as economic advisers to the governments of Russia, Poland, and Slovenia during their transitions to capitalism.

He served at the US Treasury Department from 1993 to 1998. As Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs and before that as assistant secretary, he helped lead the Treasury’s response to the financial crisis in Asia and the effort to modernize the international financial architecture.

Previously, Lipton spent five years at Moore Capital Management and was a managing director at Citi, where he was Head of Global Country Risk Management. Before returning to the IMF in 2011, he was Special Assistant to the US President and served as Senior Director for International Economic Affairs at the National Economic Council and National Security Council at the White House. He has also held positions at the Woodrow Wilson Center of Scholars and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.



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