Mark PlantDirector, Human Resources Department
Mark Plant was named Director of the Human Resources Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), effective January 3, 2012. Previously he was Deputy Director of the African Department where he was responsible for departmental operations. Prior to that, Mr. Plant served in the IMF’s Policy Development and Review Department, where he was in charge of the Fund’s policies towards low-income countries. Earlier he served as the chief of the division responsible for reviewing all loans to low-income countries. Mr. Plant began his career at the IMF in the African Department where he was chief of IMF missions to Ghana, Guinea, Cape Verde, and Chad.
Preceding his career at the IMF, Mr. Plant served as Deputy Under Secretary and Acting Under Secretary for Economic Affairs in the United States Department of Commerce. Prior to that, he spent two years as a Senior Economist at the General Motors Corporation. He began his career teaching economics at the University of California, Los Angeles and at Princeton University, where he published papers in the fields of labor economics, econometrics and macroeconomics. Recently he served as a visiting professor at the University of Virginia.
A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mr. Plant received his Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Virginia and his Masters of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics at Princeton University.