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Carolyn Miles, Save the Children's new President and CEO
WESTPORT, Conn. (June 16, 2011) — Save the Children today announced that its Board of Trustees has appointed Carolyn Miles as its new president and CEO.
Miles, who currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Westport-based humanitarian agency, will be the first woman to lead the organization in its nearly 80-year history. She will officially assume the post on September 1, when Save the Children’s current CEO, Charles F. MacCormack, steps down after more than 18 years of service.
“Our leadership committee considered many extraordinary candidates for this position during a nationwide search conducted by Spencer Stuart,” said Anne Mulcahy, Save the Children’s Board Chair and former Xerox CEO. “But it soon became very clear to all of us that Carolyn was the right choice to continue our important work on behalf of children in need and to create a new vision for the future. She has an in-depth knowledge of global children’s issues, many years of experience in leading large organizations and is highly results driven. But most importantly, she has an authentic passion for our mission, to make lasting change in the lives of the children who need us most.”
Miles first came to Save the Children in 1998, as Associate Vice President for Sponsorship and Marketing, and was named Executive Vice President and COO in 2004. Previously, she worked for American Express in New York and Hong Kong and was a successful private entrepreneur. She received an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where she now serves on the Board, and has a B.A. from Bucknell University. Miles is also on the Board of Directors of the Blackbaud Corporation.
“I am thrilled with the Board’s decision and honored to be asked to head the organization I believe is making the greatest difference for children and families around the world,” said Miles. “And I am grateful to Charlie for his mentorship, which has prepared me to take Save the Children forward and to meet the challenges ahead. I know one of my key priorities will be to continue to build strong public and private partnerships so that we have the resources we need to reach even more children.”
“With Carolyn at the helm, I am completely confident that Save the Children will continue to play a pivotal role in ending global poverty for the world’s children,” said MacCormack, who became President and CEO in 1993. “She is a compelling leader and has an uncompromising commitment to getting this job done.”
Save the Children US operates with a budget of more than $550 million, which supports programs in health, education, child protection, economic opportunities and emergency assistance during natural disasters, war and conflict. In 2010, the organization served more than 73 million children and their families.
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