Position: Governor of Belgium’s central bank
Incumbent: Guy Quaden
Date of birth: August 5 1945
Term: Has been in office since March 1999, he was reappointed for a third term in 2009, but said he was prepared to step down in August 2010, when he turned 65. However, he has stayed on due to stalled government coalition talks.
— Quaden is a respected moderate on the board of the European Central Bank’s Governing Council. He said in November 2010 that countries should not cut their deficits in a brutal fashion as the economic recovery remains fragile.
— Quaden was dean of the faculty of economics, management and sociology at the University of Liege in 1988 when he was appointed a director of the national Bank of Belgium, a post he held until 1999.
— He was also the Belgian government’s general commissioner for the euro between 1996 and 1999.
— Quaden graduated from La Sorbonne in Paris in 1972 in economic and social sciences and went on to complete a PhD in Economics from the University of Liege a year later.
— Deputy Governor Luc Coene had been set to succeed him in August 2010, but stalled coalition talks left Belgium with no new government and therefore no body to push through a change. (Reporting by Ben Deighton)