Heifer International President & CEO Pierre Ferrari is retiring after 12 years leading the nonprofit organization.
Ferrari is leaving the Little Rock-based organization at the end of September. A global search for a new leader is underway, Heifer said in a news release.
Under Ferrari's leadership, Heifer has expanded its animal gifting model with a focus on community partnerships and measures with long-lasting impacts.
It has also established an investing division to increase access to affordable financing for farmers and fund farmer-focused infrastructure. Investments include solar-powered milk cooling systems in Africa that reduce fuel costs and carbon emissions, refrigerated transportation in Asia that enables farmers to deliver safe and healthy products to markets, and fuel-efficient dryers that help farmers in the Americas produce spices for export markets while protecting indigenous forests.
"Leading Heifer International is truly an honor," Ferrari said in the release. "I am inspired by the millions of people we work with and our incredible staff around the world, who are committed to sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty.
"Today, with global hunger and poverty on the rise, the organization's life-changing work is needed now, more than ever, and I look forward to the growth and innovation new leadership will bring."
Heifer works with more than one million families every year who benefit from livestock, services and expertise provided by program participants.
Randi Hedin, chair of Heifer's board of directors, said Pierre has helped transform the nonprofit into an international leader in the fight end hunger in a sustainable way.
"We are grateful for Pierre's leadership and are working closely with him and the team as he passes on the baton," Hedin said.