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World Vision appoints digital leader as first female CEO

One of the Australian finance sector’s leaders of digital transformation, Claire Rogers, will succeed long-serving CEO, Tim Costello, as chief executive of the country’s largest international development and humanitarian relief agency, the Chairman of World Vision Australia, George Savvides, announced today.

Ms Rogers is currently Head of Digital Banking Australia at ANZ.  She will join World Vision Australia’s board as CEO in November this year when Mr Costello will take up the new executive role of Chief Advocate for World Vision Australia as announced in May this year.   

Welcoming the appointment of World Vision Australia’s first female CEO, Mr Savvides said the board had deliberately sought out a modern, experienced digital change agent with a strong social commitment and proven track record to lead the growth in World Vision’s engagement with the next generation of its Australian supporters.

“Like all Not-for-Profits, World Vision is operating in a rapidly-changing, increasingly complex environment. Claire Rogers is a gifted and capable leader who has demonstrated in large corporate settings as well as NFP roles the ability to lead organisational transformation that enables a deeper engagement with customers.  She is extremely well equipped to ensure that World Vision can build on its existing strengths, to grow and adapt in this new environment,” Mr Savvides said.

Ms Rogers, who is known for her leadership in growing customer facing businesses across both physical and digital channels, said she was excited to be joining World Vision at a time when the organisation is clearly committed to transforming itself in the digital age.

“As businesses are seeing in their customer base, Not-For-Profits are facing substantial and ongoing changes in how donors and supporters want us to work with them and we need to be thinking about how we can meet this challenge in agile and creative ways”, Ms Rogers said.

Chair of Ridley Theological College for the past eight years, Ms Rogers said she has been a financial supporter of World Vision for the past decade and has long had a passion for equal opportunity for all.

“So many of the world’s most vulnerable are women and their children, I am really energised by the opportunity to change that equation as World Vision CEO.”

ANZ CEO Shayne Elliott joined Mr Savvides in congratulating Ms Rogers on her appointment at World Vision Australia.

“We at ANZ are very proud of the partnership we have enjoyed with World Vision for over a decade so it is very pleasing that one of ANZ’s experienced leaders will be taking up the helm there.”

Mr Savvides said the Board had worked hard over the past 18 months to develop a succession plan, including hiring an international search firm to identify suitably qualified candidates to replace Tim Costello who has served as chief executive at World Vision Australia for the past 13 years.

Ms Rogers said she was looking forward to working closely with Mr Costello: “I am delighted that I will be able to draw on such a capable and strong advocate as Tim, who will continue to make a vital contribution as a member of World Vision’s executive leadership team.”

Ms Rogers, is married with two children and lives in Melbourne.

From World Vision Australia Media Release 24 August 2016

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