BUENOS AIRES – Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra announced on Monday that she is resigning her position in the government for personal reasons and plans to go live in Spain.
“For me she has been an indispensable colleague and we’re going to miss her,” Argentine President Mauricio Macri said as he announced Malcorra’s resignation from his Cabinet.
Malcorra, who said her decision has to do with the needs of her family, will remain in the government for now as a special adviser to Macri with the rank of minister.
Cabinet chief Marcos Peña announced that Malcorra will be replaced on June 12 by Jorge Faurie, a career diplomat and current Argentine ambassador to France.
Malcorra praised the professionalism of Faurie, with whom she will meet this Tuesday.
Born in 1954 in the Argentine city of Rosario, Malcorra joined Macri’s Cabinet from the office of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
She had gone to the UN in 2004 as chief operating officer and deputy executive director of the World Food Program (WFP), responsible for the daily supervision of its humanitarian and emergency operations.
In March 2009, she was given the post of under-secretary-general for field support, and in March 2012, was promoted to Cabinet chief by the UN secretary-general.
She graduated in electrical engineering from the University of Rosario, then worked for 25 years in the private sector before joining the United Nations.
Malcorra worked for 14 years with IBM in marketing and also headed digitization projects, before moving on to Telecom Argentina, the telecommunications company where she rose to the position of CEO.