Press Release: IMF Fiscal Affairs Department Director Carlo Cottarelli Notifies Management of Intention to Resign to Accept Position with Italian Government

October 4, 2013

Press Release No. 13/386
October 4, 2013

Carlo Cottarelli, Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has notified IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde of his intention to resign with effect on October 22 following his nomination to Commissioner for Public Spending Reform in Italy.

“Carlo’s colleagues and many friends across the Fund will be very sad to see him leave, but his nomination to a senior government post in Italy is testimony to the superb qualities that have distinguished his tenure as head of the Fiscal Affairs Department over almost five years,” Ms. Lagarde said. “Carlo has been responsible for the development of the Fiscal Monitor, the IMF’s highly-regarded fiscal flagship.  Under his guidance, the department has also played a central role in the Fund’s very important technical assistance to member countries, currently providing approximately half of the Fund’s technical assistance worldwide.”

Mr. Cottarelli came to the Fund in 1988 after working at the Bank of Italy and at the energy company Eni S.p.A.. At the Fund, he has worked in several departments and across a wide range of advanced, emerging market, and low-income countries. He was Deputy Director of the European and Strategy Policy and Review Departments, and of the Fiscal Affairs Department before taking the helm there.

Mr. Cottarelli has relinquished his responsibilities as Department Director and Mr. Sanjeev Gupta has been named Acting Director for an interim period. A search for a successor to Mr. Cottarelli will begin shortly.


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