March 9, 2011 / 1:59 PM / 8 years ago

PROFILE-Belgium's central bank governor Guy Quaden

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.

Key Facts:

— 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)

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