The CERN Council, where the representatives of the 20 Member States of the Organization decide on scientific programmes and financial resources, elected Dr. Robert Aymar to succeed Prof. L. Maiani as CERN’s Director General. Dr. Aymar, Director of the ITER International Team, is foreseen to take office on 1 January 2004. He will serve a five-year term and will oversee the start up of CERN’s current major project, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2007.