Rodney Ferguson Will Be Winrock International's New CEO

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 4, 2013 9:31 am  

Rodney Ferguson

Winrock International of Little Rock said Monday that Rodney Ferguson will become the nonprofit's new president and CEO on April 1.

Ferguson will succeed Frank Tugwell, who is retiring after leading Winrock for more than 14 years.

Ferguson, a principal with Lipman Hearne Inc. of Washington D.C., will be responsible for the strategic, programmatic, financial and management operations of Winrock International, which works with people around the world to "empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources."

"After an extensive search, we are truly delighted that Rodney Ferguson will join us as the next president and CEO of Winrock International," Betsy Campbell, the chair of Winrock's board, said in a news release.

"We believe that his experience developing effective organizational strategies for increased impact will complement our strong technical staff at Winrock. Rodney's commitment to personal and institutional integrity reflects the longstanding and unwavering pursuit of organizational excellence and environmental sustainability found in many of the organizations with roots in the Rockefeller family's philanthropic tradition," she said.

For the past 20 years, Ferguson has worked as a consultant on communications and strategy for nonprofits. He began his career as a journalist, working in the Washington bureaus of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer and The Wall Street Journal. Ferguson later started the Washington office of Lipman Hearne, the largest marketing and communications firm in the U.S. that exclusively serves the nonprofit sector. 

"I am thrilled about the opportunity to lead Winrock International," Ferguson said. "Winrock has a well-deserved reputation for demonstrating integrity, successfully executing programs around the world and in the U.S., and building and supporting an extraordinary team of professionals. I look forward to working with the Winrock team to advance its mission in the years ahead."

Winrock has projects in more than 70 countries and throughout the U.S. Ferguson will lead a global staff of more than 1,100.



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