CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Neil Ghosh is Chief Executive Officer of SOS Children's Villages - USA, part of the world’s largest organization building loving, stable families for orphaned and abandoned children in 135 countries around the world. Neil's experience and expertise span the nonprofit, government, and private sectors. Neil has successfully launched and grown several nonprofit and for-profit operations from the ground up and has built internal structures, teams, business models, and strategies to reach organizational goals.
Neil was most recently Executive Vice President of Global Fund for Children where he led team during multiple leadership transitions and turned around organization, resulting in greater financial sustainability and more efficient operations. Prior to that, he served for nine years as CEO of SNV USA (affiliate of Netherlands Development Organization), which addresses systemic poverty in 35 countries. Since SNV USA's founding in 2007, the organization has raised more than $120 million from North American donors and partners. He has launched partnerships with USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Master Card Foundation, Ford Foundation, Dubai Cares and IADB. Neil also founded Global Youth Initiative, which was born from a conversation between Neil and Mother Teresa in Kolkata, India and later received support from Dalai Lama, President Shimon Peres and many global leaders. GYI's approach was recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative.
Neil previously founded GlobeTrade Network, a management consultancy, and has consulted for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Deloitte, Citibank and others. Earlier he was Regional Manager for the Australian Trade Commission.
Neil grew up in Kolkata, India, and started a grassroots organization to empower local children and youth when he was fourteen. His childhood experiences in Kolkata spurred his involvement in the international development field, after spending more than a decade in the private sector and government agencies.
Neil is a Certified Management Consultant with an MBA in international business and an MS in management information systems. He has been featured in print, broadcast, and online media in the United States and abroad, including CNN, Devex, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and Stanford Social Innovation Review.
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Robert Baird, Jr. - Chairman
Chief Executive Officer, A.T. Cross Company
Robert Baird is the Chief Executive Officer of A.T. Cross Company, a portfolio company of Clarion Capital Partners.
Most recently Bob was the CEO and President of the Sports portfolio of Dorel Industries, a $1.1 billion in revenue global business which included such major brands as Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Caloi, and the Sugoi apparel brand. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Baird was Chairman of the International Retail Board from 2006 to 2008; and President and CEO, Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care from 2002 - 2006.
Mr. Baird was also a consultant in the New York office of Egon Zehnder International with practice specialties in the consumer products industry and marketing management.
Preceding his tenure as a consultant, Mr. Baird was the Vice President & General Manager at Samsonite, where he was responsible for their largest business and setting their global strategy. Prior to Samsonite, Mr. Baird worked in various consumer goods companies in positions of increasing responsibility, including General Motors, Scott Paper, Bristol Myers, and Procter & Gamble. His career began at General Electric in Finance and Mr. Baird is a graduate of their Financial Management Program.
Mr. Baird holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School at Northwestern University, with concentrations in Marketing, Management, and Finance. He holds a B.A. in Economics from St. Lawrence University.
Irene Bailey - SOS Alumna
Educational Consultant, Public Consulting Group
Irene Bailey is originally from Dakar, Senegal but she grew up in an SOS Children’s Village in Germany. Passionate about children’s rights and advocacy, Irene Bailey is a spokesperson for the organization and a founding member of SOS Children’s Villages Atlanta Volunteer Committee, where she has been building a network of friends and supporters for the organization since 2005.
Irene Bailey built her career in education and currently serves as Education Consultant at Public Consultant Group in Atlanta, GA responsible for establishing partnership opportunities to advance education and instructional support services for students throughout the Southeastern United States.
Irene studied International Relations, Business and Communications at the University of Mannheim, Germany, and holds M.A. degree in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma.
Irene actively supports various organizations dedicated to international outreach and meaningful interaction between the state of Georgia and countries around the world. In her free time, Irene loves traveling, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family. She is married to Samuel Bailey, and is mother to three wonderful children – Sheldon, Shakeem, and Soleil.
Senior Portfolio Manager and Financial Advisor of UBS Financial Services
Nick Catania was first introduced to SOS Children's Villages – Florida by a friend in 2010. Impressed with the organization and eager to get more involved, he quickly volunteered to join the Board of Directors. He has served as Board Chair for 2013 and 2014. In his time with SOS, Catania has provided deft leadership through transition, established a successful annual Back to School fundraising drive, and personally gives his time at SOS volunteer events with his wife, Karla, and two daughters, Nicole and Rachel.
Catania joined UBS Financial Services in 2007 as a Senior Portfolio Manager and Financial Advisor, after 12 years with Morgan Stanley. He currently leads a team specializing in asset management of high net worth families throughout the USA.
He attended Barry University, where he studied Economics and Finance.
Senior Vice President Global Philanthropy & Social Impact at Hasbro, Inc.
Karen Davis is responsible for the global philanthropic programs of Hasbro, Inc., including grantmaking, product donations, employee volunteer programs, cause related marketing, and strategic philanthropic relationships. Through these programs and partnerships, Hasbro annually helps over four million children in need worldwide. Ms. Davis is currently spearheading the company's philanthropic initiative BE FEARLESS BE KIND, an effort to develop compassion and empathy in youth. Under her leadership, Hasbro was ranked #1 for philanthropy on the 100 Best Corporate Citizens list for 2018. In addition, Ms. Davis is responsible for Hasbro's Employee Engagement, overseeing employee networks, feedback, recognition and events.
Ms. Davis currently serves on the RI Board of Education. She was a founder and past chair of the Association of Corporate Contribution Professionals, founder and past president of the Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island. In addition, she serves on a number of advisory councils, development and event committees. Prior to joining Hasbro in 1998 she worked in higher education in the advancement field.
Karen lives with her husband, Jeffrey W. Davis at their home in RI. Jeffrey is Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Hubbard Hall Inc., an industrial chemical distribution company in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Former Chief Financial Officer of Patheon
Stuart joined the Board of SOS Villages USA in December of 2017. Stuart and his family share a joint passion for supporting children who have been separated from their families. He was introduced to SOS Villages in 2016, and has now been able to devote time to supporting the growth of the organization.
Stuart's origins are Scottish. He has spent the last 25 years as a senior finance executive and CFO in the electronics and biopharmaceutical industries. He has been CFO of three public companies, with responsibility, together with leadership teams for driving growth and profitability across the World. Most recently, he was the CFO of Patheon, a leading service provider to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. His work has allowed he and his family to travel extensively in Europe. His recent positions have been based in the USA, where he and his family are now citizens.
Stuart holds a Bachelors of Accounting degree from Glasgow University, and is a Chartered Accountant.
President of WHOSAY
Old Greenwich, CT
Rob Gregory has more than 30 years’ experience building revenue growth, brand strategy, and media business P&L responsibility. He has successfully positioned and launched media businesses in the social media, affluent consumer, thought leadership, news, and millennial spaces. He has received numerous professional honors, is a frequent speaker at industry events, and has appeared live on MSNBC, Fox Business News, and other national outlets. Mr. Gregory was named to Media Industry Newsletter's "Most Intriguing People in Media."
Gregory is currently President at WHOSAY, where he built the go-to-market positioning, editorial, sales, and marketing strategy. WHOSAY, a social media platform for celebrities, thought leaders and influencers, was successfully sold to Viacom in January 2018.
Mr. Gregory also served as President of The Newsweek Daily Beast Company and as Group Publisher at Dennis Publishing, where he oversaw multi-platform revenue streams for one of the largest and most profitable media properties in the world. He also served as Publisher of Rolling Stone and Men's Journal, and held leadership positions at Gourmet and Scientific American.
Gregory lives in Old Greenwich, CT with his wife and daughter. He is a board member of the National Institute of Social Sciences, and an advisor to Alegbraix Inc. He is a graduate of Boston University.
President of The Midas Exchange
New Canaan, CT
Kathy Kladopoulos is the President of The Midas Exchange, a WPP company that delivers “the new gold standard” in corporate trade. At Midas, Kladopoulos leads a world class team of liquidation and media experts, and provides her expertise on strategic 360° integrated media trade platforms. Previously, Kladopoulos launched Carat Trade, Aegis' global corporate trade solution which she ran for 10 years and helped expand globally into the United Kingdom, Canada and APAC regions. Prior to Carat Trade, Kladopoulos helped launch IPG's trade initiative, originally named Western International Trade. Kladopoulos has also served as EVP of Marketing for Byrne Enterprises, a syndication company, where she led advertising sales for various media syndication groups including Hearst and Saban Entertainment properties.
Corporate Transactions Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Robert B. Pincus represents and advises clients in a wide variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, unsolicited takeovers and restructurings as a Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, Flom LLP And Affiliates. Mr. Pincus also has extensive experience advising clients and other lawyers in the firm on Delaware law aspects of transactions and fiduciary duty and corporate governance matters.
Additionally, Mr. Pincus has represented JLL Partners in connection with numerous acquisitions and recapitalizations, including its acquisition of a majority interest in Ace Cash Express; BioClinica, Inc.; CHI Overhead Doors, Inc.; CoreLab Partners, Inc.; FC Holdings, Inc.; McKechnie Aerospace; PGT Industries; and Patheon Incorporated. He also has advised a large number of the portfolio companies of private equity funds in various sales, financing, restructuring and other transactions. Mr. Pincus also has assisted a number of corporations in connection with the corporate aspects of financial restructurings, including HealthSouth Corporation and Hayes Lemmerz International Corporation.
Mr. Pincus leads the corporate practice in the firm's Wilmington, Delaware, office, where he is based. He repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Pincus also was selected as a 2015 “BTI Client Service All-Star” by The BTI Consulting Group for providing outstanding client service.
Brian Reinken joined the SOS Children's Villages – USA Board of Directors in 2015. Mr. Reinken is a Partner with Egon Zehnder, one of the world's largest global search firms, and has been with the firm since 1999. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in the firm, including serving as Managing Partner for the U.S. Practice for many years. Mr. Reinken also founded and built the Texas offices for the firm. He is a core member of the firm's CEO and Board Practice and has deep expertise in CEO, C-Suite and Board of Director executive search. He is a core member of the firm's Global Consumer Practice, with a focus on consumer technology, retail, media and e-commerce. Mr. Reinken has extensive global client experience, successfully serving Fortune 500 clients and leading global brands across a broad spectrum of companies.
Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Mr. Reinken was a Director with Compaq Computer (now HP) in Houston, where he led the development and growth of Compaq.com. Earlier, he was general manager of Compaq's printer division and led strategic planning and business development. Previously, Brian was a Senior Consultant with Gemini Consulting. He began his career in a variety of finance and marketing roles at Amoco Oil Company (now BP) in Chicago.
Mr. Reinken earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
General Manager of PayPal Canada
Los Gatos, CA
Cameron Schmidt is the General Manager of PayPal Canada, and is responsible for driving the growth of one of the company's largest markets. At PayPal Canada, Schmidt drives payment innovation, accelerates the growth of commerce, and manages relationships with the company's key stakeholders and financial network partners. In this role, Schmidt also provides strategic direction to improve the shopping experience for PayPal Canada's more than 5.5 million active users. Prior to PayPal, he spent six years at Intuit Inc. and held various positions from business unit vice president and head of small business group government relations, to product marketing, business development, and key customer management roles. Prior, he held leadership positions at companies including Warner Lambert (now Pfizer), and has been a board advisor to technology companies.
Schmidt holds a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Former Chairman of the Board, Oslo Stock Exchange
Halvor Stenstadvold has had a distinguished career that spans the private and public sector. Mr. Stenstadvold was Chairman of the Board of the Oslo Stock Exchange and is a consultant and business advisor. For over two decades Mr. Stenstadvold held senior executive positions with the Orkla Group, the leading supplier of branded consumer good to the Nordic grocery market. Previous to this time he was Senior Vice President of the Christiania Bank, Oslo and Mayor of Baerum Municipality. He now serves on a number of Corporate Boards, including Storebrand ASA, Statkraft SF and Statskraft AS, and serves as chairman of the Norwegian Microfinance Initiative, a public/private partnership raising capital for investing in third world microfinance institutions and microfinance investment vehicles. He was also Board Chairman of Borregaard Forest Companies. Since 2001 he has been a Board Director of SOS Children's Villages, Norway, one of the largest SOS offices of Europe and also serves as a member of SOS Children's Villages - International Senate and Executive Committee. He holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of Oslo and is a Rotary Scholar, Columbia University in New York.
In his position as Deputy Secretary General he continues being responsible for the coordination of the SOS associations in Western Europe and Northern America (19 countries). Peter has a business management degree from Innsbruck University. In addition, he has passed the management consultant exam. In 1990 he was awarded a doctorate in Social and Business Science. He is married and has three daughters.
In recognition of exemplary service to the organization and the children it serves.
Michel Lagarde joined the SOS Children's Villages - USA Board of Directors in 2011. He is currently the President of Patheon, the leading global provider of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing services. Previously, he was Principal of JLL from 2008-May 2016, a middle market private equity firm, with $4 billion under management, focused on investments in financial services, health care and basic industries.
Prior to JLL, Mr. Lagarde served as Controller for Philips Consumer Electronics in Hong Kong from 1999 to 2001, CFO for Philips Group Indonesia from 2001 to 2004, and CFO and, later, CEO of Philips Domestic Appliances North America from 2004 to 2008.
Mr. Lagarde received an Executive Master of Finance and Control in 2002 from a combined program of the University of Maastricht, University of Amsterdam, and the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He received a B.B.A. and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1995 from European University, Antwerp, Belgium.
David Mitchell has been a passionate friend and supporter of SOS Children's Villages since 2005 when he first encountered SOS Emergency Relief teams in Indonesia after the Tsunami. A United States Air Force Captain, honorably discharged in 1980, he has personally flown to visit SOS Villages, Relief Programs, and Family Strengthening Programs in Bosnia, Nicaragua, and Haiti on multiple occasions. In January 2010, Mr. Mitchell visited the SOS Village - Santo, outside of Port-Au-Prince, to aid in relief efforts within two days of the earthquake.
From 1973 to 1980, Mr. Mitchell flew missions with the Air Force in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, and the Arctic Circle. He worked with the oil and gas industry from 1980 to 1990, large scale commercial/corporate agriculture from 1989 to 1998, and now runs a general contractor commercial industrial construction business.
In addition to his service to SOS Children's Villages, Mr. Mitchell also worked to help children at risk as Board Chairman for the Tyler, Texas/Smith County Child Welfare Board and continues to work with youth in his community of Southlake, Texas.
Mr. Mitchell received a BBA with a major in Management and a secondary in marketing from Southern Methodist University.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Craig S. Sarsony, MBA
Craig brings over twenty years of nonprofit financial and operational management experience to SOS-USA. Most recently, Craig was the Sr. Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation – an innovative organization working primarily in Africa with the mission to eradicate HIV/AIDS in children. He has held the roles of CFO/Vice President for Finance at the Grameen Foundation and the Eurasia Foundation. His extensive experience also includes working overseas with Save the Children in their Dominican Republic field office and as a Financial Officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
He received Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health degrees from Columbia University. Craig enjoys using his strategic, management, and financial experience to strengthen the operational platforms of nonprofit organizations so that they are better positioned to achieve their missions.
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Alison Oliveira Wheeler
Alison Oliveira Wheeler is a seasoned leader with over 20 years of brand, strategic marketing and communications experience, managing marketing teams and programs in both the public and private sectors, domestically and internationally. Prior to SOS Children's Villages, Alison led Women for Women International's marketing and communications department, an award-winning, international nonprofit providing women survivors of war with the tools to rebuild their lives. Alison's private sector background includes brand and marketing roles at media and technology companies, both domestically and internationally.
Alison received her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and earned her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She has also studied at Universitá di Padova in Italy and Charles University in Czech Republic.
Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships
Meron Mathias is experienced in the design, delivery and messaging of measurable corporate-cause partnerships that generate awareness and action to fuel efforts uplifting vulnerable children, families and communities. She has structured powerfully branded cause marketing campaigns, developed social impact programs and launched integrated outreach initiatives mobilizing consumers, workforces and influencers. Prior to joining SOS USA, Ms. Mathias worked as an account manager to socially responsible Fortune 500s and multinationals and in-house at leading national and international non-profit organizations focused on economic empowerment, education, preventive health care and humanitarian aid.
She holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University, both in Virginia.
Senior Director, Major Gifts
Theresa brings over 20 years' experience in international development. She has lead international organizations in the areas of fundraising, event execution, public relations, advocacy and marketing strategies. She has implemented organizational realignments, and has worked closely with the Diplomatic Corp and Members of Congress. She has also worked with nonprofit Boards and has served on task forces which support initiatives for women and children. Her work has allowed her to traveling extensively in Africa and Latin America.
Theresa received a BS degree in Social Work from North Carolina State University. She formerly served on the Board of Directors for Project Northstar, a tutorial project for Washington, DC's homeless children.
Senior Director, Human Resources and Administration
Kelly Wise is the Director, Human Resources and Administration at SOS Children's Villages – USA, Inc. Ms. Wise brings a diverse and extensive background in office management, human resources and administration for nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining SOS Children's Villages, she served on senior teams at both the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce and Prince George's County YMCA where she gained a large part of her skills. Her passion and commitment working with children has always been her desire.
Ms. Wise attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County and resides in the Metropolitan Washington area with her husband and children.