World Vision New Zealand Appoints New CEO 2009: World Vision

World Vision New Zealand Appoints New CEO

World Vision New Zealand has appointed Chris Clarke as its new CEO.
Mr Clarke, 46, will take up his position leading New Zealand’s largest and most widely supported aid and development charity on 18 January 2010. “The board is delighted that Chris has accepted this position as we know he has the right experience and leadership qualities to nurture and further develop the important work of World Vision. Our mission is to connect and inspire New Zealanders to partner with us to deliver long-term sustainable change for those living in severe poverty. Chris shares our passion for this challenge – and he is looking forward to working with our many friends and stakeholders to make this happen.” Born in Christchurch, Chris Clarke graduated from Canterbury University in 1986 with Bachelor degrees in Commerce and Law. He has had an impressive and varied career in the NZ health sector, plus experience working in Europe with the World Health Organisation. From 2003 to February 2009 he was CEO of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. Commenting on his appointment, Mr Clarke said: “I am delighted and humbled by this opportunity. World Vision is a household name and I am struck by the great affection and respect New Zealanders have for World Vision and its development work internationally. “We are on the cusp of a unique period in history. For the first time the world community has the technology, know how and capacity to eradicate extreme poverty. The question is: do we have the moral and political will I am looking forward to working with the World Vision team and the other NZ based development agencies to make that difference. It’s a great honour and responsibility to help lead World Vision at this exciting and challenging time.” Les Stephenson, World Vision Director of Finance and Operations, will remain as Acting CEO till January 2010. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organisation dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. The organisation works with all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender.
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