Just minutes after her appointment to the head of the IMF Tuesday, Christine Lagarde tackled Greece’s financial crisis head on, urging the opposition to unite the country by supporting the ruling party’s unpopular austerity programme.
REUTERS - French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde on Tuesday clinched the top job at the IMF, keeping the international lender in the hands of a European at a time of growing concern over a possible Greek debt default.
Statement by Christine Lagarde after her selection
January 1, 1956: Born in Paris.
1981: Joins Paris branch of Baker & McKenzie law firm.
1999: Leaves for Chicago, becomes chair of Baker & McKenzie’s executive committee.
2002: The Wall Street Journal ranks her fifth on a list of European businesswomen.
2005: Becomes minister of trade in Jacques Chirac’s cabinet.
2007: Becomes minister of agriculture in Nicolas Sarkozy’s cabinet.
2007: Named minister of finance.
May 25, 2011: Announces candidacy for chief of IMF.
June 28, 2011: Named first female IMF chief.
Challenges head for Christine Lagarde
Date created : 2011-06-29