September 4, 2006

Senior Mexican environment official to lead CEC Secretariat

MONTREAL, QUE- Adri·n V·zquez has been named as the fourth executive director of the Commission for Environmental Co-operation (CEC) Secretariat for a three-year term, effective September 1, 2006. He succeeds William Kennedy, whose efforts over the past three years have contributed significantly to making the CEC Secretariat more focused and results-oriented. V·zquez was previously the deputy minister of management for environmental protection in Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat). V·zquez holds degrees in chemistry from the University of Texas at El Paso, and is in the process of completing a PhD. His appointment by the CEC Council (consisting of Canada's Environment Minister Rona Ambrose, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson and Mexico's Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, JosÈ Luis Luege Tamargo) followed a selection process that began in May. V·zquez will be based at the CEC Secretariat headquarters in Montreal. The Secretariat has a staff of approximately 50 and an annual budget of US$9 million (U.S.).

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