OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Water4 co-founders Richard and Terri Greenly and the Water4 Board of Directors are pleased to welcome Ray Sanders as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
"We are excited to welcome Ray Sanders to the Water4 team," said Richard Greenly. "Ray brings the leadership skills, energy, passion and international perspective needed to help Water4 provide safe drinking water to millions of people throughout the developing world."
Sanders is best known as a passionate social entrepreneur who has led international causes, organizational development and strategic growth initiatives for multimillion-dollar organizations. He has served in several key leadership roles throughout his career including CEO of an international multi-million dollar engineering and design firm, as the Editor in Chief of Oklahoma's largest weekly news journal and as host of an award-winning statewide radio program. He has also served in a nonpartisan position with the United States Senate and as the vice president of a Washington D.C.-based growth firm and one of the nation's most sound financial institutions. Sanders founded GiANT Experiences, a member of the GiANT family of companies, aimed at developing leaders and companies committed to utilizing success for significance throughout the world. Sanders also serves on several corporate boards, is an advisor to the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth at the University of Oklahoma and is a frequent public speaker on leadership and social entrepreneurialism.
"The world is facing a major water crisis. Losing more than 5,000 children everyday due to a lack of access to clean drinking water is not acceptable. Water4 has developed affordable technologies and systems that put the solution to the problem in the hands of indigenous people," Sanders said, "I am excited about the opportunity to lead our Water4 team as we partner with likeminded organizations and thousands of supporters as we seek to eradicate the world water crisis in our generation."
Water4 is a 501(c) 3 a public charity headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and was founded in 2008 with the mission of providing at-risk, indigenous people access to clean water.
As the Water4 approach is implemented in impoverished areas, the economic impact is felt immediately, as water well-related jobs are created, fresh water sources are established and the health, welfare and education of local people is greatly improved.
Water4 is active in more than 15 countries and has helped more than a quarter million people gain access to clean water, including a new project targeted to benefit more than one million people in Ghana, Africa in partnership with World Vision.