Leadership Transition 2015-07-02
ECHO is in the midst of a leadership transition, so it has been helpful for us to remember the bedrock principles that have been critical to our past and will be essential to our future. Undergirding everything is our desire that what we do and how we do it will bring glory to God. We are also clear that we want to impact the lives of small-scale farmers in such a way that hunger is reduced, livelihoods are improved and that women, men and children have more opportunities to flourish.
The ways we pursue these objectives must be principled but responsive to opportunities and needs. In the last few years, ECHO has taken bold steps to move closer to the people we seek to serve – to share with them, learn from them, and help them to connect with each other. Our Regional Impact Centers and ECHOcommunity.org have been key elements of this strategy. These initiatives have been blessed and we have seen tremendous impact. In the past year alone, ECHO has had a direct impact on many thousands of people. Through them, by their own reporting, the secondary impact has exceeded a million people.
But the needs and the opportunities are so much greater. In early June, over 20 members of ECHO’s worldwide training staff gathered together to build our capacity to be more effective trainers – ways of preparing, delivering and reinforcing the learning process so that beneficial plants, practices and technologies will be better understood, applied and shared. It was a humbling, challenging and inspiring time. The lessons learned are already being incorporated into our work around the world…and we’ve just begun!
Stan Doerr has served as President/CEO for 9 years and was instrumental in the “globalization” of ECHO’s outreach. After reflecting on this Stan stated:
For some time now, I have been praying about what is next, for what I see as the last 10 years of my career. Much of the leadership training I have participated in suggests that it is best, but rarely seen, to change organizational leadership during a time of strong growth to minimize the negative impact leadership change often creates.”
Though he will be missed, the Board has unanimously accepted Stan’s resignation from the role of President/CEO and a succession plan has been implemented
The Board has appointed David Erickson, ECHO’s Chief Organizational Development Officer, as Interim President/CEO. For the past five years, we have been privileged to have him lead ECHO’s international engagement and advance our strategic development. Mr. Erickson has nearly 30 years of executive leadership experience including 10 years leading international operations of development organizations. David earned his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is married to Jennifer and they have been blessed with two children and three grandchildren.
In accepting his appointment, David observed that:
Over the past few years, my respect for the gifts, experience and faithfulness of ECHO’s worldwide staff has only grown. I am also very grateful for the privilege that we have of partnering with extraordinary people and organizations all around the world. Together we are making a difference in the lives of millions of women, men, children and communities. I look forward to embracing the challenges and opportunities of our future together.
Thank you all for your engagement with ECHO and for making a positive difference in the lives of others.