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Save the Chidren CEO Charlie MacCormack visited a center for displaced children in Port-au-Prince less than a week after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti in January of 2010. Photo credit: Adriana Zehbrauskas / Polaris.
WESTPORT, Conn. (Jan. 5, 2011) — Dr. Charles F. MacCormack today announced his plans to leave his post as President and CEO of Save the Children U.S., the world’s leading independent nonprofit organization serving children in need, after his successor is selected in 2011. MacCormack took the helm of the global humanitarian agency 18 years ago, which now has a budget of more than $550 million and more than 6,000 staff worldwide.
“When I first addressed the Save the Children staff on January 5, 1993, I knew that 33,000 children had died that day, largely from treatable and preventable causes,” said MacCormack. “Ten thousand more children will live today because of the work done by Save the Children and our partners. I have often been known to say that I get out of bed every morning, excited by the thought of helping to provide health care, nutrition, education, safety and hope to tens of millions of children, and I go to bed each night satisfied that the day has been spent furthering an inspiring mission.”
“I join my friends and colleagues around the world in celebrating the many and momentous contributions Charlie has made to the Save the Children mission and to the global fight against poverty,” said Anne Mulcahy, Chair of the Save the Children U.S. Board of Trustees. “And we are all grateful that Charlie will continue to lend his legendary energy and vision as an advisor to the international humanitarian community.”
Mulcahy announced that the succession planning process will be conducted by a leadership transition team of Board members, with the assistance of the executive search firm Spencer Stuart. She said that MacCormack will continue to lead the organization until his successor is in place and to assist in that transition in any way needed. The transition team expects to have identified a new President and CEO by this summer.
In addition to his role at Save the Children, Dr. MacCormack served as Board Chair of InterAction, the national association of over 160 U.S. international humanitarian and development organizations, from 2006 to 2009. He currently serves on the InterAction Board and the Board of World Learning, is Co-Chair of both the Basic Education Coalition and the Campaign for Effective Global Leadership and is a Founding Member of Malaria No More. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Prior to his current position at Save the Children, Dr. MacCormack was President of World Learning (formerly known as the Experiment in International Living) from 1977 to 1992. He first joined Save the Children as Vice President of Programs in the 1970s and for four years he worked as the Director of the Masters Degree Program in International Management at the School for International Training. Before that, he was a research fellow in foreign policy studies at The Brookings Institution and he earlier served as an Assistant to the Dean of the International Fellows Program at Columbia University.
Dr. MacCormack received his doctorate and master’s degrees from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City and a Fulbright Fellow at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas.
In his internal announcement to staff, MacCormack said “Save the Children is stronger at this moment than it ever has been in our seventy-eight year history. I look forward to our continued work together and thank you for your help and support — past, present and future.”
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