The White House says President Obama intends to nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve, once Ben Bernanke completes his term in January.
If confirmed, Yellen, 67, would be the first woman to head the American central bank.
Obama is scheduled to make the announcement at 3 p.m. ET. Wednesday.
"The nomination would conclude a long and unusually public debate about Mr. Obama's choice which started last June when he said that Ben Bernanke wouldn't be staying in the post after his term ends in January.
"Mr. Obama gave serious consideration to his former economic adviser, Lawrence Summers, who pulled out in September after facing resistance from Democrats in the Senate."
Yellen has served as vice chairwoman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System since 2010. She had previously served as the CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2004 to 2010 and as governor of the Federal Reserve Board during the Clinton years.
Bernanke has served as chief at the Fed since 2006.
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that, if confirmed, Yellen's first test would be to decide when to begin winding down the Fed's economic stimulus. The paper reports that Yellen worked hand-in-hand with Fed Chief Ben Bernanke to institute the policy.
The Times adds:
"If anything, Ms. Yellen has wanted the Fed to take even more aggressive measures to lift economic growth, believing the risks of inflation are modest. But her views and Mr. Bernanke's appear close enough that markets have considered her potential ascension as a sign of continuity at the Fed."