Renowned Humanitarian Dominic MacSorley Appointed CEO of Concern Worldwide
Ed Kenney, Communications Manager
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New York, February 25, 2013 – Dublin-based international humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide has announced that its new CEO is Dominic MacSorley. Prior to this appointment, MacSorley served as the Operations Director of Concern Worldwide US, an independent New York City-based affiliate of Concern Worldwide. He succeeds Tom Arnold, Concern’s CEO since 2001 who recently announced his resignation to chair Ireland’s historic Constitutional Convention.
MacSorley, a Belfast, Northern Ireland native, joined Concern in 1982, and in the last three decades he has led or helped lead Concern’s responses to the world's most devastating humanitarian emergencies and crises in countries including Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haiti.
“Dominic’s career has been defined by an unshakeable commitment to alleviating the suffering of the world’s poorest people, no matter how difficult or dangerous the environment,” said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman of the Board of Concern Worldwide US. “Over the last ten years, he has brought that ethos to Concern Worldwide US, and he leaves behind a larger, more dynamic, and effective organization than he found. He will bring the same boundless energy and intellect with him to Concern’s headquarters in Dublin – and I have no doubt his impact there will be immense.”
Added Concern Worldwide US CEO Joseph M. Cahalan, "I know I speak for the entire Concern Worldwide US family when I say that we will sorely miss Dominic, but that we are thrilled about his appointment. Taking on his new responsibilities is the perfect cap-stone on a career of service to our organization. We wish him well and look forward to working with him in his new role."
His outstanding leadership and contribution to humanitarian relief and development have been recognized by Queen Elizabeth II, who invested him in the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to International Humanitarian Aid" and the Northern Ireland All-Party Group on International Development. MacSorley also represents Concern and Interaction, the representative body for US-based, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), at the United Nations.
"Poverty is on the rise as the challenging economic, environment, and political conditions affect the poorest most," said MacSorley. "More than 850 million people went to bed hungry last night. This is unacceptable, and it’s why Concern exists: people reaching out to people in the collective belief that the end of poverty is possible. We value hugely the confidence our supporters show in Concern to work with those who need our help the most. Without this trust, our work would not be possible. I am deeply honored to accept this position, and ready to get to work.”
About Concern Worldwide
Concern Worldwide is an international, non-governmental humanitarian organization dedicated to reducing extreme poverty, with more than 3,200 personnel working in 25 of the world’s poorest countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Concern Worldwide targets the root causes of extreme poverty through programs in health, education, livelihoods and microfinance, HIV and AIDS, and emergency response, directly reaching more than 8.5 million people. For more information, please visit concernusa.org or follow us on Twitter at @Concern and Facebook at ConcernWorldwideUS.
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