President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Jim Yong Kim, the president of Dartmouth College and a public health expert, to lead the World Bank. He is widely expected to be chosen as president by the bank's executive board. The U.S. controls the largest share of votes and an American has always been president of the bank since its creation.
Here is a list of the bank's current and previous presidents:
_Robert Zoellick, 2007-present. Former U.S. trade representative and deputy secretary of state under President George W. Bush. Will step down in June.
_ Paul Wolfowitz, 2005-2007. Former deputy defense secretary under President George W. Bush.
_ James Wolfensohn, 1995-2005. An investment banker and lawyer, born in Australia who later became an American citizen.
_Lewis Preston, 1991-1995. A commercial banker who was chief executive of J.P. Morgan.
_Barber Conable, 1986-1991. Former GOP member of Congress from New York for 20 years.
_Alden Winship Clausen, 1981-1986. A commercial banker who was chief executive of BankAmerica.
_ Robert S. McNamara, 1968-1981. Former defense secretary under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.
_ George David Wood, 1963-1968. An investment banker and chairman of First Boston Corp.
_ Eugene Robert Black, 1949-1962. Former top executive at Chase National Bank.
_ John Jay McCloy, 1947-1949. A lawyer and former assistant secretary of war during World War II.
_ Eugene Meyer, 1946. An investor and owner of The Washington Post.