UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan Friday named a veteran U.S. foreign affairs expert as the world organization's new strategy chief.
Annan announced the appointment of Robert Orr assistant secretary-general for policy coordination and strategic planning. Orr succeeds Michael Doyle, also from the United States, who resigned earlier this year.
Orr was executive director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Before that, he served as Director of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.
From 1996 to 2001, he held senior posts in the U.S. Government, including deputy to the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke. He was also Director of Global and Multilateral Affairs at the National Security Council, where he was responsible for peacekeeping and humanitarian affairs.