19 MARCH 2021
Plan International has appointed Raj Nooyi, Indian-American business executive with global operating experience and deep commitment to social development, as the interim CEO of the organisation.
An Indian-American business executive, Mr Nooyi has spent over 35 years working with some of the world’s leading technology and services companies such as Hewlett Packard, PRTM, Tata Consultancy Services and IBM, to design, develop and implement solutions to improve supply chains, accelerate product innovation and effect organisational change.
Alongside his industry engagements, Mr Nooyi has remained committed to social justice and international development and has been associated with non-profit organisations across the world, including with Plan International where he served on the organisation’s national boards in India and the United States for several years.
Appointed as Interim CEO
Mr Nooyi will start with Plan International in an advisory capacity on 4 May 2021 and step up as interim CEO on 1 June. There will be a period of handover with outgoing CEO Ms Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen until her departure on 31 May.
Ms Gunvor Kronman, Chair of Plan International’s International Board, lauded Mr Nooyi’s appointment “With his illustrious career in global business and his deep sense of purpose, Raj Nooyi is exceptionally well placed to lead Plan International as it looks to further strengthen its position as one of the world’s leading development agencies that delivers life altering programmes to millions of vulnerable people worldwide. We are deeply grateful to Raj for stepping into this interim position, that will allow us to maintain critical momentum for the organisation’s current plans and future deliveries”.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Nooyi said “It is a great honour and privilege to have the opportunity to lead such a forward-thinking, impactful organisation even if for an interim period. I look forward to contributing my business sector knowledge and passion for social justice to advance Plan International’s goals”.
“The international development sector is going through a great period of transformation that has presented both challenges and opportunities. My priority will be to ensure critical business continuity during this period of transition and to maintain the organisation’s commitment to girls’ rights.”
Supporting millions of girls and boys worldwide
Plan International’s International Board will initiate the search for a permanent CEO while the interim arrangement takes effect.
With close to 10,000 staff worldwide, Plan International is a global child rights and humanitarian organisation. It is active in more than 75 countries and promotes the rights of the world’s most vulnerable children, especially girls.
In the fiscal year 2020, Plan International raised €910 million and supported over 26 million girls and more than 24 million boys worldwide.