YMCA of Greater Seattle Names Bob Gilbertson New CEO

Experienced Innovator Takes up Torch From Neil Nicoll, Now CEO of YMCA of

the USA

Nov 28, 2006, 00:00 ET from YMCA of Greater Seattle

    SEATTLE, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The YMCA of Greater Seattle has named
 Robert B. Gilbertson, Jr., the highly regarded and innovative leader of the
 Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA and a YMCA veteran of more than 30 years, as
 its new President and CEO. Gilbertson replaces Neil Nicoll, who became CEO
 of the YMCA of the USA in June.
     "Bob Gilbertson demonstrates an energy, inquisitiveness and commitment
 to diversity that will take our legacy of 130 years of service into the
 future," said Norman Rice, chair of the board of directors for the YMCA of
 Greater Seattle. "We are excited to bring such an engaged and activist CEO
 to our community to help take our YMCA to the next level."
     During his Tampa tenure, Gilbertson grew membership from 5,000 to
 130,000 people, was responsible for fundraising and construction of 12 new
 YMCA branch facilities and led a community-wide collaborative effort to
 privatize the child welfare system in Hillsborough County. Gilbertson is a
 trustee on the National YMCA Retirement Board and serves on the national
 steering committee for the YMCA's work with the Centers for Disease Control
 and Prevention and other partners to more effectively address rising rates
 of obesity and preventable disease. A YMCA professional since 1974, he has
 also worked in Kentucky and South Carolina.
     "The YMCA is the premier community charity in the region, and I am
 excited and honored to be selected as its next CEO," said Gilbertson. "The
 YMCA of Greater Seattle is recognized as a national leader and noted for
 its commitment and innovation. I look forward to the exciting challenges
 and opportunities in leading this YMCA as it continues and expands its work
 to strengthen kids, families and our community as a whole." Gilbertson will
 start in his new position in late January 2007.
     A CEO Search Committee composed of YMCA of Greater Seattle Board
 Members worked over the summer and fall to coordinate a process to find a
 CEO who embodies the YMCA of Greater Seattle's core values and combines
 them with excellent executive management skills. The search was supported
 by both a national YMCA consultant and a top regional search firm.
     About the YMCA of Greater Seattle:
     Founded in 1876, the YMCA of Greater Seattle is the oldest human
 service organization in Washington State and a leader in providing
 innovative programs to build health in spirit, mind and body. Through its
 15 branches, three camps and more than 200 program sites in King and south
 Snohomish counties, the YMCA serves more than 184,000 people annually with
 an array of services, including child care, parent-child programs, teen
 development, year-round camping, youth educational/employment programs,
 foster care, young adult transitional housing, family resource centers,
 plus wellness and fitness programs for all ages and abilities. More
 information may be found at www.seattleymca.org.

SOURCE YMCA of Greater Seattle