NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- International humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide U.S. today announced that it has appointed long-time Xerox Corporation executive, Joseph Cahalan, Ph.D., as its Chief Executive Officer. The appointment of Dr. Cahalan, effective in January 2013, signals a strategic focus on expanding the U.S. presence of Concern, which was originally founded in Ireland in 1968.
"I am honored and excited to assume the role as CEO of Concern Worldwide U.S.," said Dr. Cahalan. "For more than 40 years, Concern has been a global leader in developing innovative solutions that meet the needs of people living in extreme poverty—even in some of the world's toughest environments. I look forward to working with Concern's dedicated teams in New York and Chicago to help support and expand the work of Concern overseas so that we reach more people across the world with programs that save lives and empower people to escape extreme poverty."
Dr. Cahalan comes to Concern after more than 40 years at the Xerox Corporation, where he held a series of positions in public affairs and communications. He was also a part of the corporate-wide team that put the Xerox quality process in place, which resulted in Xerox receiving the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award in 1989. Most recently, Dr. Cahalan served as president of the Xerox Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Xerox Corporation that invested $13.5 million in the non-profit sector in 2011, and vice president of communications and social responsibility at Xerox Corporation.
"Joe is a visionary leader with an indisputably strong track record of making a tangible impact through philanthropic investments," said Thomas Moran, Chairman of Concern Worldwide U.S. and President, Chairman and CEO of Mutual of America. "When it was decided that the strong growth of Concern Worldwide U.S. demanded a full-time CEO, the Board of Directors unanimously agreed that Joe, with his breadth of experience and success in communications, fundraising, and program management and development, is the right leader at this time of tremendous opportunity for the organization."
Dr. Cahalan has served on the board of trustees of the Arthur Page Society, the board of advisors at the Democratic Leadership Council, the board of directors of the Stamford Center for the Arts, and the Advisory Council of the Business Committee for the United Nations. Dr. Cahalan has also served on the board of Concern Worldwide U.S. since 2008.
Dr. Cahalan will assume the role of CEO of Concern Worldwide U.S. in January 2013 and will be based in the organization's U.S. headquarters in New York City.
About Concern Worldwide
Concern Worldwide is an international, non-governmental humanitarian organization dedicated to reducing extreme poverty, with more than 3,200 personnel working in 25 of the world's poorest countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Concern Worldwide targets the root causes of extreme poverty through programs in health, education, livelihoods and microfinance, HIV and AIDS, and emergency response, directly reaching more than 8.5 million people. For more information, please visit concernusa.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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