Annan appoints veteran management official to head UN Office of Project Services

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Director of the Bureau of Management, Jan Mattson, to head the UN Office of Project Services, the self-financing unit which provides operational management services worldwide.Both positions are at the level of Assistant Secretary-General. He takes up his new responsibilities on 12 June.As Director of UNDP’s Bureau of Management, Mr. Mattson has been a leader of change management and reform. He also played a leadership role in the High-Level Committee on Management and in the UN Development Group’s Management Group.During his 23-year career in the UN system, Mr. Mattsson also served in various functions in Sri Lanka, India, China and Lao People’s Democratic Republic. He holds a doctorate in engineering and before joining the United Nations system worked as a university lecturer and a management consultant. read more