OECD member countries were asked to put forward candidates by 15 July 2005. Six countries put forward candidates for the post of Secretary-General of the Organisation to succeed Donald. J. Johnston, who stepped down in May 2006.
These candidatures were reviewed by representatives of all 30 OECD countries in individual hearings in Paris on 3-4 October.
The Dean of the Ambassadors, Swiss Ambassador Wilhelm Jaggi, led a first round of consultations with the representatives of other OECD countries, assisted by Ambassador Peter Brückner of Denmark and Ambassador Jocelyne Bourgon of Canada. Following these consultations, he identified three candidates as best placed to win eventual consensus for appointment to the position.
A second round of consultations began on 3 November with a view to narrowing down the field to the two candidates that member countries appraise as best suited to successfully lead the OECD in the coming years.
A third round of consultations took place on 24 November with a view to arriving at a consensus among the 30 member countries on the choice of the new Secretary-General by 1 December 2005.
On 30 November the OECD Council nominated Mr. Angel Gurría as the next Secretary-General of the OECD as from 1 June 2006 for a period of 5 years.