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WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- IREX is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kristin Lord as President and CEO.
Dr. Lord will begin her new position effective October 22, 2014. She is currently the Acting President and CEO of the United States Institute of Peace. She previously served as Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security, as a Fellow and non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution, as Associate Dean at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, and as a special advisor to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Lord is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of numerous books, reports and articles on topics such as America's global engagement, diplomacy and development in national security, the role of the private sector in international relations, US relations with predominantly Muslim societies, and conflict resolution.
"I'm delighted to be joining IREX at such an exciting moment in its evolution" said Lord. "IREX is an exceptional organization, dedicated to promoting better lives through education, entrepreneurship, the development of civil society and independent media, and the establishment of strong and legitimate institutions that contribute to human development worldwide."
W. Robert Pearson, who served for six years as IREX President, is retiring to pursue academic and community interests in Washington and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is a former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and former Director General of the U.S. Foreign Service and currently serves on the boards of the American Academy of Diplomacy, Business Council for International Understanding, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, Una Chapman Cox Foundation, and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
"We are extremely happy that Kristin will join IREX," Pearson said. "In 2013, IREX had its best year ever, touching more than 1 million lives. IREX is poised for a bright future. Kristin is the perfect choice for leader to make the most of these opportunities."
"IREX is grateful to Bob Pearson for his exceptional leadership over the last six years," said Ed Fouhy, chairman of IREX's board of directors. "IREX has flourished with Bob at the helm, and Kristin Lord is exactly the right choice to build on the strong foundation he has laid. She is a dynamic leader and proven institution-builder."
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