Plan International's new CEO talks transition

By Molly Anders 21 October 2015

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen succeeded Nigel Chapman as CEO of Plan International. Photo by: Jean-Marc Ferré / United Nations / CC BY-NC-ND

Change doesn’t have to be an event.

Whether a shift in mandate, structure or a reshuffle at the leadership level, change can rattle an organization. Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, who on Sept. 1 left her roles as assistant secretary-general of the United Nations and deputy executive director for management at the U.N. Population Fund to succeed Nigel Chapman as CEO of Plan International, pointed out that leaders can take simple steps to adapt.

Such adaptation, she said, results in a more reactive, dynamic organization, in an era where implementers like Plan International are putting more emphasis on their global operations.

“If you’re constantly transparent about what you think should be changing, it doesn’t become an event,” Albrectsen told Devex. “It may impact some, but it becomes part of the bigger story.”

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Molly is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in London, she covers U.K. foreign aid and trends in international development. She draws on her experience covering aid legislation and the USAID implementer community in Washington, D.C., as well as her time as a Fulbright Fellow and development practitioner in the Middle East to develop stories with insider analysis.

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