Starting July 1, the International Committee of the Red Cross will be headed by a new six-member executive board, which will serve a four-year renewable term.
“One priority of the incoming executive team will be to reinforce ICRC partnerships in the field, especially with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies,” according to incoming Director-General Yves Daccord. “We will also have to make internal changes, especially in the way we manage our staff. The talent and experience of our 12,000 employees are our most valuable resource when it comes to helping people in need.”
Daccord, who most recently served as ICRC director for communications, is joined on the board by:
- Pierre Krahenbuhl, who was reappointed as director of operations.
- Helen Alderson, the new director of financial resources and logistics. She is currently the chief executive of the World Heart Foundation and has worked for ICRC from 1985 to 2000.
- Caroline Welch-Ballentine, the new director of human resources. She is a former human resources official at Alcoa and Nestle.
- Philip Spoerri, who was reappointed as director for international law and cooperation.
- Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet, the new director of communication and information management. She was most recently the deputy director of communication for ICRC.