Phil Chetwynd, editor-in-chief of AFP, was appointed news director on Wednesday, becoming the first British journalist to hold the agency's strategic position.
It is the first time that an English-language journalist has been appointed to this important position, while the Agency is investigating about 60 per cent of its sales outside France.
The head of the board, Fabrice Fries, who took office in April 2018, attributed Chetwynd's choice to fill this post to the will to give the IAEA management a greater international dimension.
"When I assumed my duties, the geographical diversity of the AFP was not reflected enough" at the top of the management hierarchy, Fries said.
The 49-year-old is a journalist and media journalist has worked for the British press before joining the agency in 1996 as an editor and traveling between several CIA offices in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and America.