Zainab Salbi to Take on New Role at Women for Women International

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Search begins for new CEO as organization reaches its 18th anniversary

Women for Women International and Zainab Salbi announced today that the organization will begin a search for a new Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Salbi, the founder, current CEO and member of the Board of Directors, will take on a new leadership role with the organization.
Women for Women International’s work has undergone an incredible expansion in the past few years. The organization has served more than 300,000 women and 1.4 million family members in conflict and post-conflict areas and distributed more than $95 million in direct aid and loans from a worldwide network of 250,000 supporters.

Ms. Salbi will lead an evaluation team to review Women for Women’s work, best practices and the development of key strategies for the future. The team will finalize the collection of all of the organization’s assets, build on its fundraising base and strengthen its strategic positioning. In that context, the Board of Directors and she will focus on identifying and recruiting a new CEO to run the organization and lead it to its future.

Women for Women expects the search for a new CEO to take about six months. The new CEO will help Women for Women as it continues on its successful upward trajectory. In the meantime, our current President and Chief Operating Officer, Andree Simon, will be taking on the day-to-day responsibilities of CEO.

“It is time for me to restructure my role with the organization and bring on a new leadership to run it on a daily basis,” said Ms. Salbi, who will remain as a member of the Board of Directors and will continue to build Women for Women’s visibility and supporter base and deepen the impact of its work around the world. “As we celebrate our 18-year anniversary this month, all members of the organization and I are excited about its future and possibilities.”

This transition, said Mary Zients, Chair of the Women for Women Board of Directors, “enables Zainab to move to a new chapter in her impressive career as a leading global advocate for women’s issues. It also allows us to continue to draw on her remarkable talents to take Women for Women to even greater heights. We are moving from strength to strength and will carry on the work that has literally improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of women around the world.”

Women for Women International supports women in war-torn regions with financial and emotional aid, job-skills training, rights education and small business assistance so they can rebuild their lives.

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