Sunday, July 20, 2008

Female Firsts

A couple of "firsts" for women ....

From IOL News:
KZN woman goes for top UN job

"Durban-born Navanethem "Navi" Pillay is due to be appointed the next chief of human rights for the United Nations.

Pillay, who was the first black woman to be appointed a judge in South Africa, is the daughter of a bus driver whose successes include being president of the UN international criminal tribunal for Rwanda for eight years. The high commissioner's job is one of the most politically controversial in the United Nations.

Pillay will succeed the outspoken Louise Arbour, diplomats said yesterday.

Pillay is now a judge at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. As a lawyer in South Africa, she defended anti-apartheid activists and championed the rights of Nelson Mandela and other struggle leaders.

Pillay's appointment would be subject to approval by the UN General Assembly. "

And over in the US ...
From The Examiner:
Sunoco names Elsenhans 1st female CEO, president

"Sunoco Inc. on Wednesday named former Royal Dutch Shell PLC veteran Lynn Laverty Elsenhans as its first female chief executive and president effective Aug. 8.

Elsenhans, 52, will replace John G. Drosdick, who is retiring ahead of his 65th birthday next month. He has led the Philadelphia refiner for the past eight years and will remain non-executive chairman through the end of the year.

Elsenhans joins the company from Shell's Shell Downstream Inc., where she has been executive vice president of global manufacturing since 2005. From 2003 to 2005, she was president of Shell Oil Co. and CEO of Shell Oil Products US."


Mirella Patzer said...

Hi Melisende,

I saw that you visited my history and women blog. I've always admired your blog and have visited often in the past. Just wanted you to know that I added your link to my blog. I admire your work.

Melisende said...

Thanks Mirella

I will add BOTH your Blogs to my list - its great when authors have blogs and websites that you can add for others to visit.