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BRUSSELS — Rich Stearns, the outgoing president of World Vision United States, has seen many boards talking about their leader, asking each other “When is the old boy going to retire?”

“I don’t want people whispering about me in the hallways,” he told Devex recently after announcing plans to step down after 20 years in the job. “I feel good about what I’m doing right now but I do think it’s time for a new leader, and I want to give the organization the best possible chance to have a smooth transition.”

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    Vince Chadwick

    Vince Chadwick is the Brussels Correspondent for Devex. He covers the EU institutions, member states, and European civil society. A law graduate from Melbourne, Australia, he was social affairs reporter for The Age newspaper, before moving to Europe in 2013. He covered breaking news, the arts and public policy across the continent, including as a reporter and editor at POLITICO Europe.