Vikki Spruill will leave her post this summer to serve in a new leadership role for the philanthropic community as the President and CEO for the Council on Foundations, effective July 1, 2012.
David Willett, Director, Strategic Communications and Marketing
Telephone: (202) 351-0482
March 29, 2012
Washington, DC - The following statement is from Curtis Bohlen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ocean Conservancy:
"Vikki Spruill, who has served as President and CEO of Ocean Conservancy since December 2006, will leave her post this summer to serve in a new leadership role for the philanthropic community as the President and CEO for the Council on Foundations, effective July 1, 2012.
"Vikki has dedicated a significant portion of her professional life to protecting the ocean and the wildlife and livelihoods that it supports, a passion that was ignited during her years growing up on the Gulf coast. While she will be greatly missed at Ocean Conservancy, under her strategic and poised leadership, our 40-year-old organization is more relevant, focused and stronger than ever before. This is a wonderful opportunity for Vikki to have a widespread impact across the philanthropic sector, of which support for our planet's incredible natural resources is of paramount importance.
"Under Vikki's leadership, Ocean Conservancy has made great strides in protecting our ocean ecosystem through scientific rigor, stronger conservation policies and public engagement. Key achievements include:
"Vikki will continue as our leader through mid-June. The Board of Directors has started a search to identify and recruit her successor. The Board is confident that the dynamic organization built by Vikki over the last six years will emerge from the transition stronger than ever, thanks to the talented executive team she leaves behind who together have 113 years of leadership in conservation. The organization remains steadfast in its commitment to protect ocean ecosystems for the benefit of coastal communities and future generations and to empower citizens to take action to promote effective ocean policy."
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