The BBC has some nice mug-shots and short blurbs on potential candidates for the IMF top-job. It’s always nice to be able to put a face to a name. The list contains candidates from Mexico, India, South Africa and Turkey. Most are familiar to anyone following the debate and haved cropped up on various peoples lists over the past couple of weeks.
Over at Reuters, finance blogger Felix Salmon gives us a video run-through of his top picks though remains convinced that in esssence, it’s a one horse race. That is, if the powers that be are confident they can get away with picking another European.
A new name on the table is Bank of Canada Governer Mark Carney, though thoughts are that Candada is too close to the states (geographically at least) to make him a viable candidate.
Two names missing from each of those lists are Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackerman and EBRD president Thomas Mirow
But the questions remains, how will they choose?
Mohammad El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO and outsider for the job, earlier ruled himself out of the post whilst branding the selection process as feudal. He wants to see an “internationally balanced committee to evaluate applicants and put forward 2-3 finalists for Executive Board consideration, and the final choice should emerge from a fair vote of the Board”.
China’s foreign ministry too has come out with a statement declaring that the section “should be based on the principles of fairness, transparency and merit.”
A familiar refrain…