NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has decided to appoint Romanian Mircea Geoana as the next Deputy Secretary General, Romania Insider reports. Geoana will replace Rose Gottemoeller from the United States, who took up her position in October 2016, according to a NATO announcement. The change will become effective in mid-October 2019.

Mircea Geoana will thus become the Romanian with the highest position in an international organization.

Mircea Geoana is the founder and president of the Aspen Institute Romania. He previously served as president of the Romanian Senate, foreign affairs minister, and Romania’s Ambassador to the United States.

Geoana was the leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the biggest political party in Romania, from 2005 until 2009. He also ran for president in 2009 against Traian Basescu and lost.