World Vision International Announces CEO Transition

World Vision International, one of the largest global development and humanitarian NGOs dedicated to the well-being of children and communities, today announced that President and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Jenkins, will transition out of the organisation in 2019.

“It has been a tremendous honour for me to serve in World Vision with an exceptional team of passionate colleagues,” said Jenkins. “I’m confident that the great start on our new global strategy will lead to even greater impact for the well-being of vulnerable children going forward. World Vision’s future direction is clear and our momentum is strong.”

Over the last eight years, World Vision has expanded its reach and now serves over 40 million children in about 100 countries with life-saving assistance in the wake of humanitarian disasters and longer-term development projects to rebuild some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

World Vision International Board Chair, Donna Shepherd, said, “We’d like to thank Kevin for his outstanding leadership over the past eight years, during which he has significantly contributed to the well-being of millions of children globally. He has strengthened our global partnership and been an influential contributor to the international NGO sector.

“We on the Board, and his colleagues throughout World Vision, are greatly indebted to Kevin for his steadfast and resolute focus on building good foundations for the future,” she added.

“He has assembled a seasoned and diverse cadre of leaders globally, delivered significant improvements in child well-being outcomes and improved the quality and focus of our work in communities, while developing strong partnerships with donors and the private sector. We are also thankful to Kevin for his planning of his transition in order to ensure we have ample time to conduct a global search.”

Jenkins said, “I am committed to remain fully engaged in leading World Vision as the search progresses, and look forward to working with the WVI Board on a smooth transition that models best practices and strongly positions World Vision to serve vulnerable children, families and communities through 2030 and beyond.”

The World Vision International Board has appointed a committee to conduct a global search for a successor with the assistance of international search firm, Heidrick & Struggles.


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About World Vision International

World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. We serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.