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"Born in 1926 in Lenzburg, Switzerland, Fritz Vollmar studied economics, political science and business administration. Prior to joining WWF, he worked as a journalist in industry, held a senior position with the International Committee of the Red Cross, before moving into business and university administration. In 1962, Fritz Vollmar became the first Secretary General of what was then known as the World Wildlife Fund... At the time of its 10th anniversary in 1971, WWF had set up 16 national organizations and financed 550 projects in 59 countries. Fritz Vollmar was then appointed to the new post of Director General and served with the organization until he retired in 1978."