NATO Appoints Highest-Ranking Woman in its History

NATO has named US Under Secretary of State–Rose Gottemoeller as its next deputy secretary-general.

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Rose Gottemoeller. (Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

NATO has appointed the highest-ranking woman in its history, naming US Under Secretary of State–Rose Gottemoeller as its next deputy secretary-general.

The deputy secretary-general is the alliance’s second highest-ranking civilian official.

The alliance’s Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday that Gottemoeller will be the first woman to hold the job, calling it “a milestone in NATO.”

Stoltenberg also said that Gottenmoeller “will bring to NATO a wealth of experience in international security policy, and in areas such as arms control and relations with Russia.”

Gottemoeller now advises Secretary of State John Kerry on arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament, NATO said.

She succeeded Alexander Vershbow, a former US ambassador to Moscow. NATO said Gottemoeller will take up her new position from 1 October.

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