After a “six-month robust national search that encompassed more than 286 candidates,” Communities Foundation of Texas has selected a new president/CEO. Succeeding retired President/CEO Dave Scullin will be American Cancer Society senior executive Wayne White.
According to CFT Board of Trustees Chair/Chair of the CEO Search Committee Richie Butler, “Wayne brings a wealth of leadership experience and a passion for positive change. With his exceptional leadership skills coupled with extensive business and non-profit management experience, the Board’s search committee is confident that Wayne is the right leader to guide our foundation towards achieving even greater heights in alignment with our mission and vision. We’re eager for our region to experience the impact that Wayne has made across the nation.”
The search committee members included Richie, Vice Chair Connie O’Neill, trustees Debra Brennan Tagg, Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Chris Kleinert and past Board Chair/trustee Alfreda Norman.
With more than 30 years of both corporate and non-profit leadership, Wayne “started his career as a member of GE’s Management Development Program” and subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility at AT&T Ameritech, Verizon Wireless, Motorola, Kobo and Alcatel.
Most recently Wayne spent five year as a senior executive at ACS, where he “led the North Central Region and National Partnerships.”
In accepting his new role, Wayne said, “I am committed to futhering and expanding the organization’s priorities of growing community giving, expanding community impact and advancing community equity, and I am eager to build a community of my own here as I make the move from the Midwest to North Texas.”
Born in Jamaica, Wayne was raised in Philadelphia and over the years has lived and worked in Chicago, Louisville, Cleveland, Southern California and Toronto. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science degree in telecommunications from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA in Marketing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
He’ll take the CFT helm on Monday, July 31.
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