ActionAid UK selects new CEO

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Anti-poverty charity ActionAid has today announced the appointment of Girish Menon as the new Chief Executive Officer. Girish joins the charity from WaterAid where he currently holds the position of Director of International Programmes and Deputy Chief Executive.

Girish, who takes up his new role in September, has an extensive and highly successful track record within international development gained with the Department for International Development (DfID) and Plan International. He also has significant experience with ActionAid India, where he held a number of Regional and Programme Management roles between 1989 and 1998.

Girish said of his appointment:

"I feel immensely privileged to be the next Chief Executive of ActionAid UK, an organisation that continues to inspire courageous thinking and action on ending poverty globally. I am excited about the significant contributions that ActionAid can make to global efforts that respect the rights and dignity of the poorest and most excluded people, most often women and children. I look forward to working with the staff, supporters, volunteers and partners of ActionAid, building on the past four decades of history.”

ActionAid works in 45 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America at grassroots level to create lasting change amongst some of the world’s poorest people.

Margaret Casely-Hayford, Chair of ActionAid UK, said:

“Throughout the rigorous recruitment process, we were incredibly impressed with Girish’s experience of and commitment to the international development sector. We look forward to Girish joining our ambitious organisation and leading a high performing team who are motivated by making a huge impact on the lives of people affected by extreme poverty.”

Girish leaves WaterAid on July 20 2015 and will take over the role from David Alexander, Interim CEO of ActionAid UK in September.