NATO is appointing US defence official Rose Gottemoeller as its next deputy secretary general, making her the highest-placed female official in the 67-year history of the military alliance, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg announced Monday.
Gottemoeller, who is currently serving as US undersecretary for arms control and international security, will replace Alexander Vershbow when he retires on October 1. The former US diplomat has been in the job since 2012.
Gottemoeller will "bring to NATO a wealth of experience in international security policy, and in areas such as arms control and relations with Russia," Stoltenberg said in a statement.
"She will also be the first woman to hold this key post, which is a milestone in NATO," he added.
Germany's ambassador to Turkey, Martin Erdmann, had also been in the running for the role.