Cuso International welcomes new Chief Executive Officer

OTTAWA, Jan. 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Board of Directors of Cuso International today announced the appointment of Evelyne Guindon as its new Chief Executive Officer.

"Following a comprehensive search process," says Cuso International Board Chair, Lloyd Axworthy, "the board of directors is pleased to have the opportunity to welcome such a qualified and committed individual to lead Cuso International and provide direction as we embark on the implementation of a new five-year strategic plan."

Ms. Guindon brings with her a wealth of experience with non-profit and international organizations, both in programs, operations and resource mobilization. Prior to accepting the position of CEO with Cuso International, Evelyne Guindon was a vice-president with Right to Play International. She has also been on the management team of CARE Canada and the Micronutrient Initiative. Ms. Guindon brings several years of in-field experience in international development, including 6 years living in southern Africa.

"I am honoured to have been selected to join Cuso International, one of the largest independent volunteer-sending organizations in North America," says Evelyne Guindon, who will officially join Cuso International on Monday, February 23. "I am looking forward to working with the board and staff, and to promoting volunteerism and projects that will help improve the livelihoods, health and communities of those living with poverty and inequality around the world. I am really pleased to join such a highly regarded organization."

Cuso International Board Chair, Lloyd Axworthy adds: "This is an exciting and challenging time for development work and for Cuso International. At the same time as I give a warm welcome to Ms. Guindon, I thank our out-going chief executive Derek Evans for his commitment and hard work during the past six years."

"The future of Cuso International is in very good hands," adds Derek G. Evans, who has lead Cuso International since 2008. "The organization is well on its way to being able to implement its new five-year plan and the many development projects that will make a difference in the 23 countries where we work."

Mr. Evans' final day with Cuso International is January 30. Evelyne Guindon will officially join Cuso International as its Chief Executive Officer on Monday, February 23. Between January 30 and February 23, Cuso International Director of Partnerships, Danny Pelletier, will be Acting CEO.

Improving Lives. Empowering Communities—Cuso International is a non-profit international development organization that works to improve the lives of people living with poverty and inequality around the globe. Each year we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals who work with local partners to create positive lasting change. Established in 1961, Cuso International is a registered charity in Canada and the United States.

Media are asked to contact:
Lois Ross, Media Relations, Cuso International - Tel - 613-829-7445 x295