Two out of the 4 chosen are women, a first for the global trade watchdog. Their 4 predecessors, all men, stepped down on March 31.
Replacing their compatriots are Angela Ellard, an American lawyer and trade expert who has worked at the US Congress, and Zhang Xiangchen, currently vice trade minister and its former WTO ambassador, the WTO said in a statement.
France's WTO envoy Jean-Marie Paugam and Costa Rica's former trade minister Anabel Gonzalez were also selected, it said.
"This underscores my commitment to strengthening our organization with talented leaders whilst at the same time achieving gender balance in senior positions," she said.
Traditionally, WTO deputies come from the United States, European Union, Asia, and a developing country. An Indian candidate, Mohan Kumar, had challenged China's Zhang for the Asia post this time. – Rappler.com