29 September 2014

SOS Children’s Villages – USA Welcomes Four New Members to its Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Rendon,202.470.5182, srendon@sos-usa.org

Washington, DC - SOS Children’s Villages – USA, the world’s largest organization dedicated to orphaned and abandoned children, recently announced the appointment of four new members.

“The new members are business executives who bring extensive professional experience in finance, leadership, management and marketing, as well as a strong passion for helping vulnerable communities,” said Robert Baird, Jr., Board Chair. “It’s great to have them on board and we look forward to their leadership and service.”

The new members are Nick Catania, Senior Portfolio Manager and Financial Advisor of UBS Financial Services, David L. Hoffman, Former Regional Manager/ Executive Vice President of an International Construction Management firm, Kathy Kladopoulos, President of The Midas Exchange and Cameron Schmidt, General Manager of PayPal Canada.

The Board of Directors supports SOS Children’s Villages – USA by providing mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Through their counsel and support, the board ensures the organization achieves its mission of building families for children in need, helping shape their futures and sharing in the development of their communities.

“At SOS Children’s Villages we’re working tirelessly to provide the world’s most vulnerable children and families with opportunities that help them flourish. These four talented members are an exciting addition to our organization,” said Lynn Croneberger, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages – USA. “Their collective experience and passion for supporting children will no doubt support and maximize our efforts around the world.”

Additional information about the board members has been included below.

Nick Catania
Senior Portfolio Manager and Financial Advisor of UBS Financial Services

Parkland, FL

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.

David L. Hoffman
Former Regional Manager/ Executive Vice President of an International Construction Management firm
Chicago, IL

For over 25 years, David L. Hoffman has been a Board Member of SOS Children's Villages Illinois.

Hoffman served for six years as Executive Vice President, Western Region Manager of Morse Diesel International, a construction management and contracting firm. In this role, Hoffman was responsible for offices in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Las Vegas and San Francisco. In 2000, Hoffman retired after spending his entire 29 year career at Morse Diesel, starting as an Assistant Superintendent on the Sears Tower and progressing through the positions of Project Manager, Project Executive, Operations Manager, Territory Manager and Regional Manager.

Hoffman is a graduate of Bradley University with a BA in Construction Management.

Kathy Kladopoulos
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.

Cameron Schmidt
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.

For a full member list of the board of directors click here.

To speak to an SOS representative, please contact Stephanie Rendon at 202.470.5182 or srendon@sos-usa.org.