NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is due to step down on 30 Sep 2014
He had been due to end his term in mid 2014, but NATO asked him to stay long enough to prepare for and preside over the NATO summit in Wales on 5-6 Sep 2014. The 12th NATO Secretary General, Fogh Rasmussen took up his duties in Aug 2009. Former Norway prime minister Jens Stoltenberg has been named his successor. Stoltenberg will inherit the challenge of containing Russia's supposed territorial ambitions following its takeover of the Crimea on 18 Mar 2014. The task is likely to involve encouraging NATO member nations to spend to boost the Alliance's military capability. Many European NATO allies have slashed military spending in response to financial crises. The secretary-general is nominated by member governments for an initial period of four years, which can be extended by mutual consent.
Date written/update: 2014-04-05