GENEVA Nov 15 The Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria said on Thursday it had sacked its
chief auditor after finding his performance "unsatisfactory",
in the latest in a series of leadership changes at the
The fund was due later on Thursday to name a new executive
director to replace Michel Kazatchkine of France. Kazatchkine
stepped down in January following criticism over misuse of funds
and cuts in funding, prompting a management shake-up and
appointments of new senior officials last week.
The decision to dismiss inspector general John Parsons,
which was effective immediately, was based on a review by the
board, an independent external peer review of the audit function
and a report by the group's audit and ethics committee.
"The Board decision came after a careful review of his
performance, which was found to be unsatisfactory," it said in a
Gabriel Jaramillo, a former chairman and chief executive
officer of Sovereign Bank, was appointed general
manager for one year to "transform the organisation" after
The public-private organisation has approved $22.9 billion
in funding for more than 1,000 programmes in 151 countries since
it was set up a decade ago.
The group, which is recognised as the leader in the fight
against the three epidemics, receives funding from the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation and other groups.