Josée Touchette was appointed Executive Director (EXD) on 1 November 2017.
In her capacity as Executive Director (EXD), and in line with the Secretary-General’s Strategic Orientations and his 21x21 Strategy, Ms. Touchette is responsible for managing and coordinating the corporate services of the Organisation, which include financial and human resources management, information technology and internal communication services, conference management, security, translation and interpretation, knowledge and information management (in coordination with the Public Affairs and Communication Directorate), and all operational services including building infrastructure and logistics.
As a senior manager of the Organisation and in close coordination with the Office of the Secretary-General, Ms Touchette contributes to shaping and monitoring the overall corporate strategic directions of the OECD, and to ensuring that corporate management functions provide effective support to the Organisation as a whole in the fulfilment of its mission. In the same vein, Ms Touchette will oversee the support provided to the OECD bodies that consider the corporate services agenda, and will work to advance the best outcomes for the Organisation and its staff.
Previously, she served in the Public Service of Canada where she held a variety of positions, including Chief Operating Officer at the National Energy Board, and Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Strategic Direction at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Prior to that, she held Assistant Deputy Minister positions at the Department of National Defence, Justice Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency. A Canadian national, Josée Touchette is a member of the Québec bar, a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in Ontario, holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Queen’s University, a Bachelor’s degree in social science, an LLL from the University of Ottawa as well as the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada.