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[July 09, 2014]
Global nonprofit announces CEO [The Brunswick News, Ga. :: ]
(Brunswick News (GA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) July 09--A Brunswick-based organization that provides aid and medical supplies worldwide has named a new president and chief executive officer.
The board of directors for MAP International has named Steve Stirling to the position.
Stirling, former executive vice president of ChildFund International, is taking the helm of an organization that has been serving the world since 1954.
During six decades of operation, the Christian organization has provided nearly $5 billion in medicine and medical supplies, and has been recognized for helping eradicate Buruli ulcer and other neglected tropical diseases in some of the world's poorest countries, says MAP spokeswoman Katie Pace.
Stirling succeeds Michael Nyenhuis, who served as president for 14 years. He vacated the post in January.
Chok-Pin Foo, a former MAP board member and Microsoft executive, served as interim CEO prior to Stirling's appointment.
"Steve was chosen from a strong field of candidates because of his extensive marketing and fundraising background, as well as the organizational and leadership skills required to lead a top 100 growing and dynamic global health organization," said Immanuel Thangaraj, board chairman.
A Cornell University graduate with a master's in management from Northwestern University, the new president served 25 years in roles that included executive leadership, diverse brand marketing, fundraising and management in several multinational corporations, as well as non-governmental organizations like Heifer International and World Vision.
"I'm humbled and honored to be selected by the MAP Board as the new CEO. I'm excited and look forward to working with the leadership team to build upon the strong foundation established over the past 60 years to take the organization to the next level of growth," Stirling said.
Born in South Korea, Stirling lived in an orphanage until age 11, suffering from polio. He was eventually adopted by an American family and now is at the head of an organization that provides medicines, promotes health and prevents diseases, including the one he suffered from as a child, and outbreaks.
"MAP's important mission of providing medicines to those in need is very personal to me," Stirling said. "Although I know God has blessed me in many ways, my life would have been different if I'd had access to the polio vaccine as a child." MAP International helps provide medical supplies through partnerships in more than 115 countries each year.
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