Q&A: Rich Stearns of World Vision US on the role of advocacy, faith, persistence in development

Rich Stearns, outgoing World Vision’s president. Photo by: World Vision U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO — On Tuesday, Rich Stearns, the longest serving president of World Vision United States, announced to the staff of the Christian humanitarian organization that he plans to retire.

Formerly the chief executive officer of Parker Brothers Games, a toy and game manufacturer, and Lenox, the brand known for its china, Stearns led the organization through dramatic growth with its annual revenues topping $1 billion.

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