U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Monday that Ann Veneman, the U.S. agriculture secretary, was expected to become the new head the U.N. Children's Fund, or UNICEF.

Veneman would succeed American Carol Bellamy, who ends 10 years as UNICEF executive director in May. Annan has to submit Veneman's name to the UNICEF board this week but no problems are expected in getting her approved.

The top UNICEF post has been held by an American since the agency's inception in 1946 and has a two-term limit, unless Annan waives it.

If confirmed by the Senate, Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns will replace Veneman as agriculture secretary during President Bush's second term. Veneman, who grew up on a peach farm in Modesto, California, has served as a specialist in agriculture, international marketing and food aid under Republican presidents since Ronald Reagan.

Source: Yahoo News