Japanese and Slovenian Reps head UPU

Masahiko Metoki of Japan new Director shaking hands with the outgoing Director

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Masahiko Metoki of Japan has been elected the new Director General of the UN specialized agency for postal matters, while Marjan Osvald of Slovenia has been elected as the organization's Deputy Director General.

In the first round of votes, held at the 27th Universal Postal Congress in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, Mr. Metoki won 102 votes, compared to 40 votes for Pascal Clivaz of Switzerland and 14 votes for Jack Hamande of Belgium.

Speaking after his election, Mr. Metoki said, "I promise again that I will always work for all the UPU member countries by listening to each voice carefully and by considering your differences."

Mr. Metoki has enjoyed an extensive career in the public service, particularly in the postal sector. He is currently Senior Vice President of International Affairs at Japan Post and has represented Japan as Chair of the UPU's Postal Operations Council since 2012.

In the vote for the UPU Deputy Director General, Marjan Osvald of Slovenia was elected on the second round with 86 votes. Mr. Osvald is an accomplished executive with 24 years of progressive experience in international postal operations, strategy and sales.

He is currently a Senior Adviser to the Executive Management of the Post of Slovenia, responsible for international relations and organizations, Mr. Osvald was promoted to this position following 12 years of service as International Mail Director.

Commenting on his election in a statement after the election, Mr. Osvald said, “I am so happy to be here and so very proud.”