In 2016 the OECD members agreed on a set of procedures for selecting a new Secretary-General. The procedures are in document C(2016)70. On 3 August 2020, the Heads of Delegation endorsed a Selection Committee made up of Ambassador Sharrock (UK, Chair), Ambassador Schommer (Luxembourg), Ambassador Galvan (Mexico) and Ambassador Okamura (Japan).
On 1 September 2020, the Dean of Ambassadors to the OECD, UK Permanent Representative Christopher Sharrock, issued a formal call to OECD member countries for nominations of candidates to the position.
According to the procedures established for selection of the Secretary-General, nominations of candidates were to be put forward in writing to the Dean, as Chair of the Selection Committee no later than two months following the public call for nominations. This nomination window closed at midnight on 1 November 2020, with ten candidates having been nominated.
Following the close of the nomination period, each candidate will be interviewed by the Members at meetings of Heads of Delegations. In these interviews, each candidate will be asked to present themselves and articulate their vision for the Organisation to the Heads of Delegations. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session between each candidate and the Heads of Delegations.
The interviews will take place 1 – 11 December 2020. Due to the COVID-19 situation the interviews will be in a virtual format.
Following the interviews, the Chair will carry out confidential consultations with individual Members in order to narrow the field of candidates and ultimately identify the candidate around whom consensus can be built for appointment as the Secretary-General. The Chair will be assisted by the Selection Committee in the consultation process and will report to the membership after each round of consultations.
The Secretary-General shall be chosen by the OECD Council for a five-year term beginning 1 June 2021. The process should be completed at the latest by 1 March 2021, three months prior to the expiration of the incumbent’s term.