who will be next World Bank President What will they do


Bank high-ups turn deaf ears to Wolfowitz's overtures. The New York Times reports that "the bank’s vice presidents have rebuffed his request for them to set up a committee to advise him on improving his management style. The vice presidents did not want to be co-opted into helping his campaign to stay in office, bank officials said".

Someone writing into worldbankpresident.org overnight added the following colour to this story: "Wolfowitz's new offer, to have a one-hour open door policy each day at 3 pm has little traction. 'And you can come to see me alone for 10 minutes.' Did not go over well with the VPs Wednesday morning. Perhaps he'll offer cookies and brewed coffee tomorrow to see if he can peel a VP off from the ranks".

At the same time Wolfowitz is said to be hiring a personal security agent with a mission to protect the man himself. If you're reading this inside the Bank and are somehow interested in this job you can click this Bank intranet link. Some in the Bank are wondering why this is only being advertised internally.

Ward Harkavy over at Village Voice picked up on this story and adds some suggestions of someone who might be perfect for the job. But he provides snippets from World Bank staff who warn "The position description calls for 'protecting the principal from physical threat or embarrassment.' In all fairness, Mr. Wolfowitz, I think it's WAY too late to protect you from embarrassment". I couldn't agree more.

Alex Wilks ~ April 26, 2007

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