NATO’s Stoltenberg to become Norway’s next central bank chief

Norway’s government on Friday appointed NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg as its next central bank chief, handing the former prime minister his latest top job. 

The appointment all but confirms that Stoltenberg will leave his current role as head of the Western defense alliance as planned at the end of September. He will start at the Norwegian central bank around the beginning of December, the finance ministry said. 

It also signals that the race to find his NATO successor can now start in earnest, with a raft of names including former Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and former Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė already in the frame.

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