The challenges of 2020 have underlined the importance of dynamic and courageous leadership.
As a community, we have been extremely fortunate to have the leadership of founding CEO Helen Steel to drive shared value forward until this critical point. In the words of Mark Kramer: “The foundations she has laid will serve as a vital template for how business, in partnership with Government and community organisations, can address some of the biggest problems we have faced in modern times.”
As SVP Chair, I extend an enormous thanks to Helen for her energy and commitment to advancing shared value in the Asia Pacific, and building this vibrant community of practice. We are thrilled that Helen has accepted our invitation to remain on the Board of Directors.
Today, it gives me great pleasure to announce SVP’s new CEO, Sarah Downie. With more than 20 years of senior executive experience in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, and a wealth of expertise in transforming and leading purpose-driven organisations, Sarah brings great practical insight and innovative thinking to the movement. Inspired by her passion and dedication to recognising social impact as central to strategic business, the Board is excited to welcome her to the community; and we encourage you to do the same. Sarah will be outreaching to SVP members over the coming weeks, and you can connect with her directly here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Armed with an eight-year legacy of shared value progress, and strong new leadership, I believe we can meet the challenges of 2021 with confidence – both in what’s been and what’s to come. Thank you for your important example, support and tenacious spirit as we continue to navigate this momentous time for shared value.
Please read on for further news, including some parting refelctions from Helen.
Peter Yates AM
Chair, Shared Value Project
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