Marc Perrin de Brichambaut

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Marc Perrin de Brichambaut
OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut.jpg
photo by Mikhail Evstafiev
Secretary General of the
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
In office
June 2005 – 30 June 2011
Preceded by Ján Kubiš
Succeeded by Lamberto Zannier
Personal details
Born (1948-10-29) 29 October 1948 (age 65)
Rabat, Morocco

Marc Perrin de Brichambaut (born 29 October 1948) is a French career judge and diplomat. Until 30 June 2011 he was the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Marc Perrin de Brichambaut was born in Rabat, Morocco. He graduated from France's École nationale d'administration in Paris in 1974.

Prior to his appointment as OSCE Secretary General in June 2005, Ambassador de Brichambaut held senior positions in the French administration as a member of the Council of State, as well as in international organizations, including in New York as Special Assistant to the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for International Economic and Social Affairs. He was also adviser to French Foreign Minister Claude Cheysson.

In 1983 and 1984, he was Chief-of-Staff to Roland Dumas, then Minister of European Affairs, and after Dumas became Foreign Minister, de Brichambaut continued to serve as his Chief-of-Staff.

In 1986, he moved to New York, where he worked as cultural Counsellor for the French Embassy, returning to Paris in 1988 as Principal Adviser to Defense Minister Jean-Pierre Chevenement.

From 1991 to 1994, Ambassador de Brichambaut was the head of French Delegation at the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (later (OSCE) in Vienna, and from 1994 to 1998, he headed the French Foreign Ministry's Legal Division.

Before being appointed as OSCE Secretary General he was Director for Strategic Affairs at the French Defense Ministry.

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