New World Vision US President

From an email today from Rich Stearns:

Dear Accord Network friends,

I have some exciting news to share with you. Today the World Vision US Board announced that Edgar Sandoval will be the next WVUS President and Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2018.

This decision comes after a prayerful and rigorous search process started last fall. Executive recruiting firm CarterBaldwin approached some 300 potential individuals, resulting in a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates.  More than sixty submitted applications.  The sixty were narrowed to ten and finally down to four who were interviewed in depth by the board search committee.  After this intense and competitive process, Edgar came out on top. Here’s a release with the news:

Dr. Joan Singleton, our board chair had this comment on the board’s choice: "“Edgar embodies World Vision’s core values and has demonstrated his commitment to the mission of World Vision since he joined three years ago. He has a consistent track record of delivering financial growth and organizational health during his successful corporate career and most recently during his time at World Vision. We believe God has been preparing him to lead World Vision for such a time as this.”

As you know, Edgar has served as my Chief Operating Officer for the past three years. He is one of the most impressive leaders I have had the privilege of working with during my forty-three year career. He brings a focused and disciplined approach to World Vision's business processes. Edgar leads with clear intentionality and is both collaborative and decisive as a leader. Most importantly, he is clearly committed to Christ and feels deeply called to the mission of World Vision.

Three years ago Edgar left a successful career in the corporate sector to serve at World Vision.  Born in Los Angeles, Edgar grew up in Central and South America, where he first witnessed poverty. With $50 in his pocket, he returned alone to the U.S. at age 18. He worked minimum-wage jobs while pursuing an education that started with courses in English as a second language. He went on to earn a B.S. in engineering and a B.A. in sociology from Rutgers University and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Edgar spent 20 years in various leadership positions with The Procter & Gamble Company, including Marketing Director, North America Fabric Care; and Vice President, North America Marketing. In his last role, as Vice President and General Manager of Global Feminine Care, he made it his mission to advocate for girls and women around the world and help empower them to live life to their fullest potential.

Edgar and his wife, Leiza, felt a strong calling from God to join World Vision in 2015 and moved their family to the Pacific Northwest. Edgar has said that even the opportunity to be considered for this important job, given his humble childhood, is "an improbable miracle of God." 

He has stated that his priorities as president will be to maintain World Vision’s strong Christian identity; strengthen its fundraising capabilities; demonstrate engagement, unity, and trust with partners in the United States and around the world. 

Edgar and I will do a formal “changing of the guard” on October 2, 2018 at our Day of Prayer. As I announced earlier this year, the board has asked me to stay on to help with the transition through January 2019.

I want to personally thank you for your support for me over these many years and now ask that you transfer that same support to Edgar, giving him your full confidence as one of our most important partners.

Thank you for your prayers for us during this important year of transition and all the promise it holds for the future.


Rich Stearns
World Vision U.S.

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